Italian American Women, Food, and Identity

Stories at the Table

  • Andrea L. Dottolo
  • Carol Dottolo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Andrea L. Dottolo, Carol Dottolo
    Pages 1-17
  3. Andrea L. Dottolo, Carol Dottolo
    Pages 19-36
  4. Andrea L. Dottolo, Carol Dottolo
    Pages 37-59
  5. Andrea L. Dottolo, Carol Dottolo
    Pages 61-84
  6. Andrea L. Dottolo, Carol Dottolo
    Pages 107-135
  7. Andrea L. Dottolo, Carol Dottolo
    Pages 137-152
  8. Andrea L. Dottolo, Carol Dottolo
    Pages 153-166
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 167-202

About this book


This book is about Italian American women, food, identity, and our stories at the table. This mother-daughter research team explores how Italian American working-class women from Syracuse, New York use food as a symbol and vehicle which carries multiple meanings. In these narratives, food represents home, loss, and longing. Food also stands in for race, class, gender, sexuality, immigration, region, place, and space. The authors highlight how food is about family and tradition, as well as choice and change. These women's narratives reveal that food is related to celebration, love, power, and shame. As this study centers on the intergenerational transmission of culture, the authors' relationship mirrors these questions as they contend with their similar and disparate experiences and relationships with Italian American identity and food. The authors use the "recipe" as a conversational bridge to elicit narratives about identity and the self. They also encourage readers to listen closely to the stories at their own tables to consider how recipes and food are a way for us to claim who we are, who we think we are, who we want to be, and who we are not.


Social Psychology Feminist Psychology Cultural Psychology Social Identities Italian-Americans Psychology of Gender Ethnic Identities Psychology of Women Intergenerational Transmission of Culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea L. Dottolo
    • 1
  • Carol Dottolo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRhode Island CollegeProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.LiverpoolUSA

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