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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231751

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.001.0001

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Italian-American Cookbooks From Oral to Print Culture

Italian-American Cookbooks From Oral to Print Culture

(p.133) Italian-American Cookbooks From Oral to Print Culture
American Woman, Italian Style

Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

Fordham University Press

In this chapter the author focuses on the history of cookbooks written by, or for, immigrant cooks and their descendants, attending particularly to those cookbooks that offer information about the kitchens and cooking of Italian origin foods in the kitchens of Italian immigrants and their descendants. He interpreted Italian-American cookbooks against the backdrop of a much larger body of American cookbooks that introduced Italian recipes to cooks with no immigrants in their kitchens. Numerous books about Italian cooking are published in English in the United States and Canada, but few would agree that this makes them Italian-American. There are many ways to bridge the culinary worlds of Italy and America. The history of migrations from one land to another is just one bridge among many — and it is a complex bridge — but it is the one that most Italian Americans would probably choose to define a cookbook as Italian-American.

Keywords:   cookbooks, Italian immigrants, recipes, Italian cooking, Italian Americans

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