Jan 01, 11
Read in June, 2009
I would actually give this 3.5 stars if I could. It was a fascinating look into where what we call "Italian food" came from--how it wasn't always what Italians ate, the history of fine eating over the centuries, and the gradual formation of a national cuisine that looks nostalgically back to a perfect, rural Italy that never existed. I bet you have never thought about how prestigious national cuisines such as Italian and French are created things. There is nothing natural linking Italians to pasta, and indeed not all Italians have eaten pasta since the dawn of time.