Douglas Harper and Palrizia Faccioli

in The Italian Way

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226317243
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226317267 | DOI:

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This chapter examines how Italian women create and are created by their family food worlds. It describes how Italians use food as currency in their intimate friendships and relationships. It also explains how Italian cooking communicates messages of love and friendship. The chapter examines how food evokes memories of family, how it enables the mother to be fully Italian, and how eating holds families and couples together. It also looks at how food affects arguments in couples and, finally, how social life outside the family is created around and through food.

Keywords: love; Italian women; Italy; Italian culture; Italian food; cooking; friendship; social life

Chapter.  9429 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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