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Delizia!

The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food

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Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food by John Dickie
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Everyone loves Italian food. But how did the Italians come to eat so well? The advertising industry tells us the answer lies in the vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany - among sun-weathered peasants, and mammas serving pasta under the pergola Yet this nostalgic fantasy has little to do with the real history of Italian cuisine. Because Italian food is city food. And telling its story means telling the story of the Italians as a people of city dwellers. For a thousand years, Italy's cities have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating: ingredients, talent, money, and power. In DELIZIA! the author of the acclaimed COSA NOSTRA takes a revelatory historical journey through the flavours of Italy's cities. From the bustle of Medieval Milan, to the bombast of Fascist Rome; from the pleasure gardens of Renaissance Ferrara, to the putrid alleyways of nineteenth-century Naples. In rich slices of urban life, DELIZIA! shows how violence and intrigue, as well as taste and creativity, went to make the world's favourite cuisine. With its mix of vivid story-telling, ground-breaking research and shrewd analysis, John Dickie's DELIZIA! is as appetising as the dishes it describes.

Accolades

Winner of Andre Simon Memorial Fund Award: Special Commendation 2007.

Author Biography

John Dickie is Reader in Italian Studies at University College London and has written articles and books on many aspects of Italian history. In 2005 he was awarded the title Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella di Solidarieta' Italiana.
Release date NZ
August 9th, 2007
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
24pp colour & b/w illustrations
Imprint
Sceptre
Pages
416
Dimensions
161x36x240
ISBN-13
9780340896396
Product ID
1661928

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