The Italian American Table

The Italian American Table

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The invention of Italian food culture in America ---- Best Food Books 2014 - The Atlantic; Looking at the historic Italian American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, Simone Cinotto recreates the bustling world of Italian life in New York City and demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children. Drawing on a vast array of resources including fascinating, rarely explored primary documents and fresh approaches in the study of consumer culture, Cinotto argues that Italian immigrants created a distinctive culture of food as a symbolic response to the needs of immigrant life, from the struggle for personal and group identity to the pursuit of social and economic power. Adding a transnational dimension to the study of Italian American foodways, Cinotto recasts Italian American food culture as an American qinventionq resonant with traces of tradition.The deficient ap- pearance and quality of imported food packaging did not help overcome the preference of ... The a€œAli da#39;Italiaa€ peanut oil cost $1 a gallon against the $2.50 average price ofimported olive oil.37 If all these factors are added toanbsp;...

Title:The Italian American Table
Author:Simone Cinotto
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2013-10-15


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