Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life

Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life

by Angelo M. Pellegrini
     
 

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First issued in 1948, when soulless minute steaks and quick casseroles were becoming the norm, The Unprejudiced Palate inspired a seismic culinary shift in how America eats. Written by a food-loving immigrant from Tuscany, this memoir-cum-cookbook articulates the Italian American vision of the good life: a backyard garden, a well-cooked meal shared with…  See more details below

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First issued in 1948, when soulless minute steaks and quick casseroles were becoming the norm, The Unprejudiced Palate inspired a seismic culinary shift in how America eats. Written by a food-loving immigrant from Tuscany, this memoir-cum-cookbook articulates the Italian American vision of the good life: a backyard garden, a well-cooked meal shared with family and friends, and a passion for ingredients and cooking that nourish the body and the soul.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“I have always thought that Angelo Peligrini misnamed his charming but opinionated book.  It should have been called the Prejudiced Palate, because he is so absolutely sure and unwavering in his vision of how to live a beautiful and delicious life. And I think he’s right.”
 –Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse

"Like great dishes, great writing remains in our memory forever. Angelo
Pellegrini's THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a lesson in how to enjoy life in an elegant and highly civilized way."
 – Jacques Pépin

"Angelo Pellegrini remains undoubtedly one of America's greatest food writers. But THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is not just about cooking; it's about taking the time to slow down and savor life. This delightful classic is a must read for those who live in our fast-food nation."
 –David Rosengarten, author of  It’s All American Food, The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook and Taste

"THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a forgotten gem from what might be remembered as the Golden Age of American food writing. This Italian born, beloved Seattle professor, friend and colleague of MFK Fisher, wrote with charm, wit, and a rare intelligence about food."
Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt, Cod, 1968

“Angelo Pellegrini’s very personal view of cookery in America in the late forties is erudite, fascinating and at times screamingly funny.  His descriptions of his Italian family’s favorite dishes are so complete that they might as well be recipes, each more delicious sounding than the next”
Daniel Bouloud

“THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a savory treat that, like a fine wine or good stinky cheese, has improved with age”
Jessica Harris, author of The Africa Cookbook and Beyond Gumbo

M.F.K. Fisher
The Unprejudiced Palate. . . was the first true statement I had read about living as it can and should be in the western coastal America that I love. -- From the Afterword
San Francisco Chronicle
If you like enthusiastic, high-spirited, intelligent talk about what you eat, this is eminently the book for you.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812971552
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/09/2005
Series:
Modern Library Food Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
635,741
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Daniel Bouloud
Angelo Pellegrini’s very personal view of cookery in America in the late forties is erudite, fascinating and at times screamingly funny. His descriptions of his Italian family’s favorite dishes are so complete that they might as well be recipes, each more delicious sounding than the next.
Jessica Harris
The Unprejudiced Palate is a savory treat that, like a fine wine or good stinky cheese, has improved with age.
—(Jessica Harris, author of The Africa Cookbook and Beyond Gumbo)
David Rosengarten
Angelo Pellegrini remains undoubtedly one of America's greatest food writers. But The Unprejudiced Palate is not just about cooking; it's about taking the time to slow down and savor life. This delightful classic is a must read for those who live in our fast-food nation.
—(David Rosengarten, author of It’s All American Food, The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook and Taste)
Mark Kurlansky
The Unprejudiced Palate is a forgotten gem from what might be remembered as the Golden Age of American food writing. This Italian born, beloved Seattle professor, friend and colleague of MFK Fisher, wrote with charm, wit, and a rare intelligence about food.
—(Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt, Cod, 1968)
Jacques Pépin
Like great dishes, great writing remains in our memory forever. Angelo Pellegrini's The Unprejudiced Palate is a lesson in how to enjoy life in an elegant and highly civilized way.
From the Publisher
“I have always thought that Angelo Peligrini misnamed his charming but opinionated book.  It should have been called the Prejudiced Palate, because he is so absolutely sure and unwavering in his vision of how to live a beautiful and delicious life. And I think he’s right.”
 –Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse

"Like great dishes, great writing remains in our memory forever. Angelo Pellegrini's THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a lesson in how to enjoy life in an elegant and highly civilized way."
 – Jacques Pépin

"Angelo Pellegrini remains undoubtedly one of America's greatest food writers. But THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is not just about cooking; it's about taking the time to slow down and savor life. This delightful classic is a must read for those who live in our fast-food nation."
 –David Rosengarten, author of  It’s All American Food, The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook and Taste

"THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a forgotten gem from what might be remembered as the Golden Age of American food writing. This Italian born, beloved Seattle professor, friend and colleague of MFK Fisher, wrote with charm, wit, and a rare intelligence about food."
Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt, Cod, 1968

“Angelo Pellegrini’s very personal view of cookery in America in the late forties is erudite, fascinating and at times screamingly funny.  His descriptions of his Italian family’s favorite dishes are so complete that they might as well be recipes, each more delicious sounding than the next”
Daniel Bouloud

“THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a savory treat that, like a fine wine or good stinky cheese, has improved with age”
Jessica Harris, author of The Africa Cookbook and Beyond Gumbo

Alice Waters
Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse
I have always thought that Angelo Peligrini misnamed his charming but opinionated book. It should have been called the Prejudiced Palate, because he is so absolutely sure and unwavering in his vision of how to live a beautiful and delicious life. And I think he’s right.

Read More

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