Encyclopedia of Pasta

Encyclopedia of Pasta

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Spaghetti, gnocchi, tagliatellea, ravioli, vincisgrassi, strascinati—pasta in its myriad forms has been a staple of the Mediterranean diet longer than bread. This beautiful volume is the first book to provide a complete history of pasta in Italy, telling its long story via the extravagant variety of shapes it takes and the even greater abundance of names by which it is known. Food scholar Oretta Zanini De Vita traveled to every corner of her native Italy, recording oral histories, delving into long-forgotten family cookbooks, and searching obscure archives to produce this rich and uniquely personal compendium of historical and geographical information. For each entry she includes the primary ingredients, preparation techniques, variant names, and the locality where it is made and eaten. Along the way, Zanini De Vita debunks such culinary myths as Marco Polo's supposed role in pasta's story even as she serves up a feast of new information. Encyclopedia of Pasta, illustrated throughout with original drawings by Luciana Marini, will be the standard reference on one of the world's favorite foods for many years to come, engaging and delighting both general readers and food professionals.

Learn more about Oretta Zanini De Vita's work through this article and slideshow published by the New York Times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520322752
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Series: California Studies in Food and Culture , #26
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 277,432
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Oretta Zanini De Vita is a leading Italian food critic and author of several books on Italian cuisine including The Food of Rome and Lazio: History, Folklore, and Recipes and Il cibo e il suo mondo nella campagna romana. Maureen B. Fant is a writer and translator and the coauthor of The Dictionary of Italian Cuisine.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Carol Field
Preface to the English-Language Edition, by Oretta Zanini De Vita
Translator's Preface, by Maureen B. Fant

Voyage in the Pasta Universe: The Reasons for This Research, by Oretta Zanini De Vita

Introduction to the First Italian Edition, by Corrado Barberis

Traditional Italian Pasta Shapes A to Z


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This wonderful resource is destined to become the definitive book on pasta. " Starred Review—Library Journal

"The world of pasta is bewilderingly huge, so we're thrilled with this new, authoritative work, by one of Italy's leading food scholars."—Saveur

"We needed this book. . . Answers all the questions about pasta. . . Ad many more you never thought to ask."—Gambero Rosso

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