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Italian Identity in the Kitchen, or Food and the Nation (Arts & Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) Hardcover – 2 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (2 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231160844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231160841
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This slim volumes is a delightful excursion into the cuisine and culture of Italy. Booklist 6/1/13 A brief, lovely read that explores how Italians and food became synonymous. Weight Watchers 8/1/2013

About the Author

Massimo Montanari is professor of medieval history and the history of food in the Department of History and Cultures at the University of Bologna. His books include Let the Meatballs Rest: And Other Stories About Food and Culture; Cheese, Pears, and History in a Proverb; Food Is Culture; Italian Cuisine: A Cultural History; Food: A Culinary History; and Famine and Plenty: The History of Food in Europe. Beth Archer Brombert is the author of two widely acclaimed biographies: Cristina: Portraits of a Princess and Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat. Her most recent work is a memoir of many decades of living, traveling, and cooking in Italy, Journey to the World of the Black Rooster.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2014
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..the writing and the content got in the way. I go to Italy whenever I can - and just love the food, the people etc etc (all the usual cliches).

I bought this book thinking it would provide an illuminating insight into the Italian relationship with food. It may actually have done but the writing was so tedious that I had to keep putting it down and having another glass of wine - not conducive to better understanding I accept.

Dull, uninteresting - sorry - didn't want to say that but it was my feeling around page 30 when I gave up and my Italian obsessed friend got another contribution to her vast unread library of books on Italy.

Nice piece of book production though - hence the second star - for the publisher not the author

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It was somewhat interesting but not exactly what I what I was expecting. I lost interest about a third of the way through it. A more detailed description of the content would be helpful in determining whether to select this book.
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