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The popularity of Italian food all over the world is ever increasing. Unhampered by any sense of superiority, and unburdened by the weight of a great classical tradition, Italians cook and eat in the ways they have known and trusted for generations, absorbing new influences while cultivating and maintaining a distinct and esteemed gastronomic tradition. Lovers of Italy, the Italian people, and their cuisine, from the general ravioli revering public to those with specialist skills and interests, will welcome this new A-Z reference. The Companion consists of a short introduction followed by entries covering a range of topics such as the universal appeal of Italian gastronomy, influences from outside Italy, dishes, ingredients, delicacies, obscure terms, cooking methods and implements, regional specialties, personalities, books and writers, and history. This is an inspirational work providing an even blend of history, practical information, quotation, and anecdote.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198606178
ISBN-10: 0198606176
Format: Hardback
(250mm x 162mm x 44mm)
Pages: 672
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gillian Riley

Gillian Riley's interest in Italian food and culture began when she was working as a freelance photographer making frequent trips to Italy. Since becoming a food historian she has written many books on food in art such as Renaissance Recipes (1993), and Impressionistic Picnics (1993) and is the author of A Feast for the Eyes, the National Gallery Cookbook. Gillian contributes regularly to the Oxford Food Symposium.

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