Italy and the Potato: A History, 1550-2000

Front Cover
A&C Black, Jan 26, 2012 - History - 272 pages
0 Reviews

Italy, like the rest of Europe, owes a lot to the Columbian exchange'. As a result of this process, in addition to potatoes, Europe acquired maize, tomatoes and most types of beans. All are basic elements of European diet and cookery today. The international importance of the potato today as the world's most cultivated vegetable highlights its place in the Columbian exchange.


While the history of the potato in the United States, Ireland, Britain and other parts of northern Europe is quite well known, little is known about the slow rise and eventual fall of the potato in Italy. This book aims to fill that gap, arguing why the potato's Italian' history is important. It is both a social and cultural history of the potato in Italy and a history of agriculture in marginal areas. David Gentilcore examines the developing presence of the potato in elite and peasant culture, its place in the difficult mountain environment, in family recipe notebooks and kitchen accounts, in travellers' descriptions, agronomical treatises, cookery books, and in Italian literature.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

181617
1
1573
23
3 The Potato Apostles 176467
36
The Late Nineteenth Century
64
Potatoes Population and Emigration in Italys Mountain Regions
92
The Twentieth Century
123
The Post Modern Italian
154
Notes
167
Bibliography
204
Index
227
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

David Gentilcore is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leciester, UK

Bibliographic information