July 4, 2022

Meet the Chef at Essex Library

Chef Silvio Suppa will be at Essex Library April 2

The Essex Library is delighted to welcome renowned local chef, Silvio Suppa, who will be talking about his new book, “Cooking with Chef Silvio: Stories and Authentic recipes from Campania,” co-authored by Anthony Riccio, on Saturday April 2 at 11 a.m.  The cookbook highlights the social history and old world lifestyle of Campania through oral history stories recounted by Chef Silvio, owner of Cafe Allegre in Madison, who is not only a master chef but also a masterful storyteller.

Beyond its authentic recipes, the book is a culinary memoir that documents “Il linguaggio delle nostre ricette”, the language of our recipes, and illustrates how food reflects the cultural influences of Arabs, Germans, French and Spanish who invaded Campania and left their cultural imprints.  The story of Italian women who by their ingenuity and creativity formed the basis of Campanian cuisine is told in detail, a heritage learned by Silvio Suppa from his grandmother as a young boy on the family farm in southern Italy. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature (a great gift for Mother’s day!) Admission is free. Registration is requested, but not required; please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560.