Gentilcore, Pomodoro!   Leave a comment

Pomodoro! The History of the Tomato in Italy (David Gentilcore) – Taking a page from Mark Kurlansky’s book Salt: A World History, Gentilcore follows the wandering path of Solanum lycopersicum from its introduction to Europe as part of the “Columbian Exchange” to its central place as the protagonist of Italian cuisine. Given the tomato’s current importance to Italian foodways, one would guess that it was eagerly accepted soon after arriving via the Spanish from South America: Gentilcore’s book shows otherwise, explaining that it took century’s for the “love apple” to move from its “botanical” to its cultural stage, with industrialization and new preservation techniques fundamental to the process. ZN

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Posted October 1, 2010 by zachmon in Uncategorized

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