* How Italian Food Conquered the World by John Mariani

I was quite disappointed by How Italian Food Conquered the World, which I hoped would provide a more ambitious history of the growing popularity of Italian food, but is little more than a compilation of Italian restaurants, mostly in the US, after a cursory and rather trite description of how immigrants brought the cuisine with them (duh!) and transformed it to the taste of their new land (amazing, huh?) This is not to say that there are not interesting anecdotes here and there, from the old roots of the San Francisco cioppino to the very new ones of the tiramisu, but as the French would say, je suis restee sur ma faim — I was left wanting more.

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