Italians and Food

  • Roberta┬áSassatelli

Part of the Consumption and Public Life book series (CUCO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Roberta Sassatelli
    Pages 1-15
  3. Simone Cinotto
    Pages 43-70
  4. Carole Counihan
    Pages 101-125
  5. Lorenzo Domaneschi
    Pages 151-180
  6. Elisa A. G. Arfini, Roberta Sassatelli
    Pages 181-202
  7. Sebastiano Benasso, Luisa Stagi
    Pages 237-267
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 269-279

About this book


This book is a novel and original collection of essays on Italians and food. Food culture is central both to the way Italians perceive their national identity and to the consolidation of Italianicity in global context. More broadly, being so heavily symbolically charged, Italian foodways are an excellent vantage point from which to explore consumption and identity in the context of the commodity chain, and the global/local dialectic.


The contributions from distinguished experts cover a range of topics including food and consumer practices in Italy, cultural intermediators and foodstuff narratives, traditions of production and regional variation in Italian foodways, and representation of Italianicity through food in old and new media.


Although rooted in sociology, Italians and Food draws on literature from history, anthropology, semiotics and media studies, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of food studies, consumer culture, cultural sociology, and contemporary Italian studies.


Consumer culture Authenticity Gastronomy Sociology of food Food and identity Italian studies Italianicity Food studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberta┬áSassatelli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-15680-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-15681-7
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