Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life

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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.

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Overview

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.

Party the memoir of an Italian-American, partly a discourse on good eating, this volume combines observations and instruction on food and wine.

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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
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

San Francisco Chronicle
If you like enthusiastic, high-spirited, intelligent talk about what you eat, this is eminently the book for you.
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: 8/9/2005
  • Series: Modern Library Food Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 948,508
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Modern Library food series
Introduction
Pt. 1 Bread and wine in perspective
1 A slight touch of heresy 3
2 The discovery of abundance 18
3 The things my fathers used to do 37
4 Rooted in the earth 55
5 The cubicle of temperance 76
6 The dissipation of prejudice 93
Pt. 2 Bread and wine in good taste
1 Further incursions into heresy 113
2 The kitchen and the soup kettle 136
3 Please, my name is Angelo 159
4 Fish must be drowned in wine 179
5 Some culinary preferences 196
6 Chicken and other small fry 213
Conclusion : toward humane living 229
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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Excellent book

    I am thrilled that this book has gone into another print. It is so timeless and relevant to life.

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