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    • Publication date:01 May 2008

Delizia!

By John Dickie

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Award-winning new history of Italy told through its food, by the author of the worldwide bestseller COSA NOSTRA

Everyone loves Italian food. But how did the Italians come to eat so well? The advertising industry tells us the answer lies in the vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany - among sun-weathered peasants, and mammas serving pasta under the pergola. Yet this nostalgic fantasy has little to do with the real history of Italian cuisine.
For a thousand years, Italys cities have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating: ingredients, talent, money, and power. So Italian food is city food, and telling its story means telling the story of the Italians as a people of city dwellers.
In Delizia! the author of the acclaimed Cosa Nostra takes a revelatory historical journey through the flavours of Italys cities. From the bustle of Medieval Milan, to the bombast of Fascist Rome; from the pleasure gardens of Renaissance Ferrara, to the putrid alleyways of nineteenth-century Naples. In rich slices of urban life, Delizia! shows how violence and intrigue, as well as taste and creativity, combined to make the worlds favourite cuisine.

Biographical Notes

John Dickie is Reader in Italian Studies at University College London and has written articles and books on many aspects of Italian history. In 2005 he was awarded the title Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella di Solidarieta' Italiana.

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'Full of fascinating detail' — Independent
'Important' — Observer
'Like a really classy cook shop, Delizia! is stuffed with arcane culinary facts and gadgets, anecdotes, recipes and stories.' — Sunday Telegraph
'A feast of horrors and delights...hard to fault: enlightening and consistently moreish' — The Sunday Times
delightfully witty and anecdote-rich — Sunday Telegraph
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'Informs as well as enlightens...a clever and provoking account of Italy's history' — Guardian
'Full of fascinating detail' — Independent
'Important' — Observer
'Like a really classy cook shop, Delizia! is stuffed with arcane culinary facts and gadgets, anecdotes, recipes and stories.' — Sunday Telegraph
'A feast of horrors and delights...hard to fault: enlightening and consistently moreish' — The Sunday Times
delightfully witty and anecdote-rich — Sunday Telegraph
'witty history of Italy through food.' — Sunday Times
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