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 is an interesting discussion between the author and Doug Harper on the Italian culture of food. The Italian culture of food has been studied by Italian scholars coming from different disciplines. They have examined it in its various aspects, showing its complex nature, its historical origins, its regional traditions, and its meaning as an object of consumption and exchange. This discussion gives an impression that food in Italy is not just a matter of quality and taste. Eating is a normative behavior, and sometimes the norms are very rigid, nearly dogmatic—and one cannot explain a dogma. This chapter reveals the distinct Italian culture of food through Doug's inquisitiveness.

Keywords: Italy; Italian culture; Italian food; Doug Harper

Chapter.  2122 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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