The Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 16, 2011 - Cooking - 272 pages
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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Very interesting book. The focus is on how American react to foods from the perspective of someone who was immigrated at some point in the early 20th century. The book itself is about 60 years old at ... Read full review

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A blend of memoir, discourse on living, memories of Italy, gardening and recipes. How much better can it get! Read full review

Contents

A Slight Touch of Heresy
3
The Discovery of Abundance
18
The Things My Fathers Used to Do
37
Rooted in the Earth
55
The Cubicle of Temperance
76
The Dissipation of Prejudice
93
Bread and Wine in Good Taste
111
Further Incursions into Heresy
113
The Kitchen and the Soup Kettle
136
Please My Name Is Angelo
159
Fish Must Be Drowned in Wine
179
Some Culinary Preferences
196
Chicken and Other Small Fry
213
Toward Humane Living
229
Index
237
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Angelo Pellegrini was born in 1904 in Cassabianca, Italy, and came to United States when he was ten years old. He graduated from the University of Washington, where he also received a PhD in English literature and was a professor of literature. His first book, The Unprejudiced Palate, was published in 1948, and was followed by Immigrant’s Return in 1951, Americans by Choice in 1956, and Wine and the Good Life in 1965. In 1946, Pellegrini published a recipe for pesto in Sunset magazine, which was likely the first introduction of the sauce into American culinary culture. He died in 1991.

Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs Garlic and SapphiresTender at the Bone, and Comfort Me with Apples and the novel Delicious! She was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.

Mario Batali’s world now encompasses three New York City restaurants—Babbo, Lupa, and Esca—as well as a wine store, the Italian Wine Merchant. He has several television credits, including the Food Network's popular Molto Mario, as well as Mario Batali Eats Italy. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

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