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The Resource The Italian American table : food, family, and community in New York City, by Simone Cinotto

The Italian American table : food, family, and community in New York City, by Simone Cinotto

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The Italian American table : food, family, and community in New York City
Title
The Italian American table
Title remainder
food, family, and community in New York City
Statement of responsibility
by Simone Cinotto
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The invention of Italian food culture in America Looking at the historic Italian American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, Simone Cinotto recreates the bustling world of Italian life in New York City and demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children. From generational conflicts resolved around the family table to a vibrant food-based economy of ethnic producers, importers, and restaurateurs, food was essential to the creation of an Italian American identity. Italian American foods offered not only sustenance but also powerful narratives of community and difference, tradition and innovation as immigrants made their way through a city divided by class conflict, ethnic hostility, and racialized inequalities. Drawing on a vast array of resources including fascinating, rarely explored primary documents and fresh approaches in the study of consumer culture, Cinotto argues that Italian immigrants created a distinctive culture of food as a symbolic response to the needs of immigrant life, from the struggle for personal and group identity to the pursuit of social and economic power. For generations of Neapolitan, Sicilian, and Calabrese immigrants in New York, Italian American cuisine was much more than a remnant of the home country; Cinotto shows, in vibrant detail, how the Italian American table we now celebrate emerged as the outcome of years of selective incorporations of cultural fragments, resources, and meanings available to the immigrant community. Adding a transnational dimension to the study of Italian American foodways, Cinotto recasts Italian American food culture as an American "invention" resonant with traces of tradition and shows how generations of creative, ambitious improvisers in tenement kitchens and behind restaurant stoves cooked, ate, and shared the foods that helped them make their way into American culture --
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Cinotto, Simone
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illustrations
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Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Italian Americans
  • Italian Americans
  • Italian Americans
  • East Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Label
The Italian American table : food, family, and community in New York City, by Simone Cinotto
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17509269
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780252079344
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
(OCoLC)843858222
Label
The Italian American table : food, family, and community in New York City, by Simone Cinotto
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17509269
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780252079344
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
(OCoLC)843858222

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