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Wonderful History of Italian Food and Culture
, 4 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food (Hardcover)
Delizia is not what I expected as it did not create a rose tinted image of Italian food history as I had expected. Instead it takes an in-depth look at Italian food history from the Middle Ages through to the present day and shows how the modern Italian food developed out of hunger, world travel, politics and emigration to become what it is today.
I was fascinated from the start when he dispelled the advertising myths and I realised that this book would take a realistic view of Italian food. I learnt so much about the snobbery connected with the food of the rich and the hunger that was ever present with the poor. Italy as a nation of two extremes was skilfully investigated.
I was amazed when he looked into the history of the cookery writers and even more so when I realised that I had one of the books in question. It made me look at it with a new light when I realised its significance in Italian culinary history.
Light was thrown on the influence of travel to the New World and the development of ITALIAN food and I finally realised why the world is so convinced that there is one `Italian Cooking' when in reality there is so much diversity.
Fascism was another influence on the development of the cuisine and there were surprising facts on every page. I don't want to recreate all of the details as you will want to find out for yourself.
Don't buy Delizia if you want a cookery book but buy it because you love food and its development. You won't be disappointed. Buy it!
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