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Not too long ago, one would be surprised to see the words "Italian" and "cuisine" appearing in the same sentence. Now, thanks to world-class restaurants, Food Network, and bestselling authors, Italian food is receiving its proper recognition. John Mariani's How Italian Food Conquered the World serves as the catch-up tutorial we need to truly understand the true richness of Italian culinary arts. Mariani's history stretches back 2,000 years, explaining how disparate food traditions and trade influenced cooking on the boot-shaped peninsula. His chronicle doesn't end there: The author of The Italian American Cookbook describes how immigrants brought their taste preferences and cooking habits to the New World. True foodies will also enjoy the recipes and celebrity cook anecdotes peppered throughout the book.