Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
September 29, 2023
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Mangia Bene

Food has a history. When we cook and eat we can delve into the origins and meaning of these foods which helps us to appreciate what a long twisted history it is. Here you will find in-depth history and short entries that makes food understandable as a part of material culture. Cuisine does not spring from nowhere. Cuisine develops as a part of material culture through the effort and love of real people who must provide food for their families. Here is where you will find out how it's all connected, from the origin of spinach to the history of lemonade, how pirates influenced Mediterranean food and how polenta went from being the food of the poorest in the Mediterranean to the tables of the fanciest New York restaurants.

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