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The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City

Simone Cinotto


Looking at the historic Italian American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s, this book recreates the bustling world of Italian life in New York City and demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children. From generational conflicts resolved around the family table to a vibrant food-based economy of ethnic producers, importers, and restaurateurs, food was essential to the creation of an Italian American identity. Italian American foods offered not only sustenance but also powerful narratives of community and difference, tradition and innovation a ... More

Keywords: consumer culture, Italian American community, East Harlem, Italian life, New York City, Italian immigrants, immigrant life, Italian American food, food culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037733
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone Cinotto, author

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Part I The Social Origins of Ethnic Tradition: Food, Family, and Community in Italian Harlem

Part II Producing and Consuming Italian American Identities: The Ethnic Food Trade