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Italian Identity in the Kitchen, or Food and the Nation$
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Massimo Montanari

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160841.001.0001

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In Search of Home Cooking

(p.73) Epilogue
Italian Identity in the Kitchen, or Food and the Nation

Massimo Montanari

Columbia University Press

This epilogue presents a discussion of the concept of home cooking. “Home cooking” is a comprehensive knowledge of what people eat. The techniques of preservation are rooted in home cooking, having originated in a domestic economy that was intended to provide a reassuring and durable larder for the needs of the family during the hard times. Home cooking is also defined by its connection to feelings. Foods of the domestic tradition have a taste, and an aftertaste, that can revive scents and dissents associated with personal relations, private occasions, collective holidays, and common rituals. Without this, people can have home recipes, but not home cooking.

Keywords:   home cooking, preservation, domestic tradition, domestic economy

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