In 2007, food and wine historian, Italian translator, and rock musician Jeremy Parzen Ph.D. created his blog “Do Bianchi” to offer readers a humanist perspective into the world of Italian wine and food. Since its creation, he has expanded its coverage to include a wide range of food and wine experiences – from a Mexican food tour in the southwestern United States to impromptu dining and wine pairing at the bar at Le Bernardin.
Although much has been written about Italian gastronomy in this country over the last two decades, the great misunderstanding known as the Atlantic Ocean continues to dilute much of the information that makes the crossing.
Do Bianchi’s mission is to offer non-Italian speakers otherwise inaccessible insights into Italian gastronomic culture. For Italophiles and Italians, Do Bianchi provides cogent historical perspective into wines and foods whose cultural value is often taken for granted.
Named after a common Venetian expression (often overheard by the blog’s creator in the taverns of Venice, “Two White Wines”), Do Bianchi is considered a leading resource for information on Italian food and wine in this country and has been cited by some of North America’s leading food and wine bloggers, including Eric Asimov and Alice Feiring, among others.
Born July 14, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in La Jolla, California, Jeremy Parzen is a widely published author and translator. His feature articles on food, wine and food history have appeared in nationally distributed cooking magazines, cookery books and academic journals. He lived, traveled, worked, and studied in Italy as a graduate student and resided in New York from 1997 to 2008. He now lives in Austin, Texas, traveling frequently to La Jolla, New York, and Europe.
He has translated numerous literary works, scholarly essays and books, including The Gallery of Memory by Lina Bolzoni (UTP) and F.T. Marinetti’s The Untameables (Sun and Moon).
During the Italian Presidency of the European Union (2003), he worked as a writer, interpreter and translator for the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations where he interpreted (simultaneous and consecutive) for the Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and translated, edited and wrote diplomatic correspondence and speeches.
As a doctoral candidate at U.C.L.A., he was an instructor of Italian language, cinema, and literature from 1990 through 1993, and he also worked as a bibliographer in the Marinetti and Bontempelli archives for the Getty Research Institute before completing his graduate studies.
His work on Petrarchan versification and textual bibliography was first published in Italy in 1995 (Lettere italiane) and in 1997 he published a facsimile of the Aldine Petrarch in Ahmanson-Murphy Collection thanks to a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation, Los Angeles.
Awarded a Fulbright research fellowship in 1994, he spent a year at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He was also the recipient of the Dissertation Year Fellowship from U.C.L.A. (1996-97).
For two years he was the chief wine writer and Associate Editor of La Cucina Italiana (1998-2000), New York. His translation of the first modern cookery book by fifteenth-century Italian cook Maestro Martino was published in January 2005 by the University of California Press.
His articles on food and wine have appeared in Wine & Spirits Magazine, Gastronomica, Men’s Vogue, La Cucina Italiana, and The Tasting Panel among others.
On his own and as one of the songwriters of Les Sans Culottes and Nous Non Plus, Jeremy has penned songs that have appeared in motion pictures, major television advertising campaigns, and have charted on college radio.
Jeremy resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Tracie P and daughters Georgia P and Lila Jane.