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Pizza: A Global History (Edible)

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You can pick Chicago deep dish, Sicilian, or New York-style; pan crust or thin crust; anchovies or pepperoni. There are countless ways to create the dish called pizza, as well as a never-ending debate on the best way of cooking it. Now Carol Helstosky documents the fascinating history and cultural life of this chameleon-like food in Pizza.

Originally a food for the poor in eighteenth-century Naples, the pizza is a source of national and regional pride as well as cultural identity in Italy, Helstosky reveals. In the twentieth century, the pizza followed Italian immigrants to America, where it became the nations most popular dish and fueled the rise of successful fast-food corporations such as Pizza Hut and Dominos. Along the way, Helstosky explains, pizza has been adapted to local cuisines and has become a metaphor for cultural exchange. Pizza also features several recipes and a wealth of illustrations, including a photo of the worlds largest and most expensive pizza—sprinkled with edible 24-karat gold shavings and costing over $4000.  

 
Whether you love sausage and onions on your pizza or unadorned cheese, Pizza has enough offerings to satiate even the pickiest of readers.
 

About the Author

Carol Helstosky is associate professor of history at the University of Denver. She is also the author of Garlic and Oil: Politics of Food in Italy and Food Culture in the Mediterranean.
 

Table of Contents

Introduction
 
1  History Lesson on a Plate: Pizza in Italy
2  Pizza Americana
3  The Little Meal That Could: Pizza's Conquest of the World
4  The Future of Pizza
 
Recipes
References
Select Bibliography
Websites and Associations
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861893918
Author:
Helstosky, Carol
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Pizza
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Pizza
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Pizza
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 color plates, 25 halftones
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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