“The Italian American Table.”

“The Italian American Table.”

The introduction of the book: “The Italian American Table” by Simone Cinotto discusses the role that cuisine had in defining Italian-American identities. Cinotto argues that this can be seen through the influence food had in creating support in a stressful time, the economic support of food trade for Italian immigrants, and the symbolic representation of Italians. Looking at the way in which food had a cultural impact on Italian American immigrants during the interwar period contributes to the generational distinctions among these Italian-American immigrants. Cinotto supports that the creation of “authentic” Italian and Italian American cuisine invoked feelings of emotion and nationalism through their sense of connection to Italy and the United States. The overall argument of Cinotto is that the importance of food and cuisine culture in Italian-American lives was the reaction and response as immigrants and Italian immigrant culture. Food created the communities in which the Italian-American immigrants interacted and how it impacted the society around them.

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