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Garlic and Oil: Food and Politics in Italy

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Pasta, cappuccino, olive oil--Italian food is a favorite in our cafes, restaurants and homes. But what is the history of Italian cuisine? And where do we get our notions about Italian food? Contrary to popular belief, the Italian diet was inadequate and unchanging for many decades. Successive political regimes--liberal, fascist, democratic--struggled to improve eating habi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 5th 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published July 2nd 2004)
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Tara Brabazon
Jun 15, 2012 Tara Brabazon rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book and a remarkable discovery. I have always adored books that take something small and read a huge historical narrative through it. Carol Helstosky has demonstrated the ability to read the historical arc of Italian history - which is complex and intricate in and of itself - through food and particularly food consumption.

This monograph offers a powerful discussion of the role, success and failure of state intervention in food consumption. There is attention to regionality, nati
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Jun 30, 2011 Bruno de Maremma rated it did not like it
Reads like a 1st year university textbook. Boring presentation. Skip it.
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