In this blog, I describe the difference between what is known as “Italian Food” and the food of continental Italy. In doing so, I try to be as objective as I can in battling misconceptions, with the final goal of sharing knowledge and promoting discussion. This blog is no longer being updated but remains published in an archive format.
If you are interested in Italian food and its philosophy, then this website is for you – I genuinely hope you’ll enjoy it!
The site is divided into three main sections:
- Articles – a collection of food notes on various topics ranging from Italian products to Italian culture and traditions;
- Recipes – some of my favorite Italian dishes to cook, from traditional staples to modern creations;
- A podcast – in which I discuss with various food personalities about food and food culture, as well as Italian food around the world.
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Jason is back on the podcast for one last, final episode! Yes, Thoughts on the Table ends today as it hits its 100th episode with the biggest topic we could think of: the meta of food, i.e. anything that has to do with food besides the physical sensations of actually eating it. Join us in … Continue reading “[Episode 100] The Meta of Food – All About Food Besides Eating It!”
As Thoughts on the Table approaches 100 episodes, I chose to dedicate episode 99 to the series’ beginnings, dating back to August 2013. I was an avid podcast listener and, inspired by great productions like This American Life and Stuff You Should Know, I involved my friend and then-coworker, Jason, and branched off from my … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 99] Taste and Flavor Flashbacks with Jason and Paolo”
Bread and Spirits is a successful Instagram project made of one measure food and two measures drinks that unites Italian cuisine and cocktails enthusiasts around the world. Born out of the March 2020 lockdown from the combined talents of Jasmina and Stefano, Bread and Spirits is visually stunning, informative, entertaining, and very much unique. In … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 98] Introducing Jasmina and Stefano from Bread and Spirits”
Is a cookbook on a cuisine a mirror of what takes place in its people’s kitchens? Or does it reflect more the desires and needs of its intended audience? And if that’s the case, are these desires of a practical nature, or for something that people like to dream about? What is the relationship between … Continue reading “[Thoughts on the Table – 97] Cookbooks and the People They Were Written for, with Diana Pinto”