The Oxford Companion to Italian Food

The Oxford Companion to Italian Food

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By (author) Gillian Riley

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 43mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195387104
  • ISBN 13: 9780195387100
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 191,503

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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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Gillian Riley is a food historian and freelance typographer. She has written many books on food in art such as Renaissance Recipes, Impressionistic Picnics and A Feast for the Eyes, the National Gallery Cookbook. Ms. Riley contributes regularly to the Oxford Food Symposium.

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"Italian Food shouldn't remain on the shelf; instead, it should be savored."--Chicago Tribune"Exhaustive."--Saveur Top Ten Reads"Italian food buffs on your list may welcome a mini-encyclopedia that turns out to be almost an anti-encyclopedia: Gillian Riley's determinedly personal, quirky, wide-ranging The Oxford Companion to Italian Food."--Anne Mendelson, The New York Times"Food historian and gastronome Gillian Riley's witty, expansive compendium deftly deconstructs everything from antipasto ("benign titillation of the palate with only a few delicacies") to zeppole ("overkill can be achieved with a filling of custard")."--Bon Appetit"A magisterial (recipe-less) book that anyone even mildly interested in the subject must own....encourages you to read entry after entry for the pleasure of learning marvelous oddments about the obscure and the familiar."--The Atlantic"[Riley is] a good, spunky writer who really knows what she's talking about...a master of the pithy observation."--Russ Parsons, The LA Times Blog"Erudite, witty, and stuffed with gems"--The Telegraph"She writes in [a] characteristically colloquial but never too casual tone, a lovely, rare style...laden...with humor, sly political commentary, and a general sense of the author's total immersion in and great passion for Italian cuisine and its connection to all other aspects of Italy."--Bookforum"A scholarly yet entertaining volume. Recommended for all culinary reference collections, but those who love Italy or Italian food will enjoy reading it for pleasure."--Booklist"A grand buffet of curious delights. Riley writes to entertain as well as to inform, and never holds back when there is a choice anecdote to relate....essential browsing for the serious Italo-foodlie."--John Dickie, The Guardian"Authoritative, erudite, and unexpectedly entertaining."--The Independent"For anyone who takes these styles of cooking seriously, these bo