How Italian Food Conquered the World by John Mariani

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Not so long ago, Italian food was regarded as a poor man's gruel-little more than pizza, macaroni with sauce, and red wines in a box. Here, John Mariani shows how the Italian immigrants to America created, through perseverance and sheer necessity, an Italian-American food culture, and how it became a global obsession. The book begins with the Greek, Roman, and Middle Eastern culinary traditions before the boot-shaped peninsula was even called "Italy," then takes readers on a journey through Europe and across the ocean to America alongside the poor but hopeful Italian immigrants who slowly but surely won over the hearts and minds of Americans by way of their stomachs. Featuring evil villains such as the Atkins diet and French chefs, this is a rollicking tale of how Italian cuisine rose to its place as the most beloved fare in the world, through the lives of the people who led the charge.

With savory anecdotes from these top chefs and restaurateurs:

- Mario Batali

- Danny Meyer

- Tony Mantuano

- Michael Chiarello

- Giada de Laurentiis

- Giuseppe Cipriani

- Nigella Lawson

And the trials and triumphs of these restaurants:

- Da Silvano

- Spiaggia

- Bottega

- Union Square Cafe

- Maialino

- Rao's

- Babbo

- Il Cantinori


About John Mariani

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John Mariani is a food and travel columnist for Esquire, wine columnist for Bloomberg News, has a newsletter that goes out to 40,000 subscribers. He has been called by The Philadelphia Inquirer “the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press.”  He is author of The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, The Dictionary of Italian Food & Drink, and with his wife Galina, The Italian-American Cookbook. He lives in Tuckahoe, New York. Lidia Bastianich is an American chef and restaurateur. Specializing in Italian and Croatian cuisine, she has been a regular contributor to the PBS cooking show lineup since 1998. In 2007, she launched her third TV series, Lidia's Italy. She also owns four Italian restaurants in the U.S.: Felidia and Becco in Manhattan; Lidia's Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Lidia's Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. 
Published March 15, 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 289 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Cooking, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Italian food is great--no, world-altering--writes Esquire food and wine correspondent Mariani (The Italian-American Cookbook, 2000, etc.).

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Publishers Weekly

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Mariani, author of The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink and the food and wine correspondent for Esquire magazine, makes a declarative statement in this fact-filled, entertaining history and subst

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The Washington Times

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John F. Mariani, whose dust jacket heralds him as Esquire magazine's "food & travel correspondent," argues that Italian food used to be the Rodney Dangerfield of cuisines, the one that got no respect. His gustatory history reports how all that changed until today when Italian has become the reign...

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