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Fabio Parasecoli
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Fabio Parasecoli is associate professor and coordinator of food studies at the New School in New York City. His work explores the intersections among food, media, and politics. His current research focuses on food in movies, the history of Italian food, and on the socio-political aspects of geographical indications. He studied East Asian cultures and political science in Rome, Naples and Beijing,
where he specialized in contemporary Chinese history. After covering Middle and Far Eastern political issues, he worked for many years as the U.S. correspondent for Gambero Rosso, Italy's authoritative food and wine magazine. He is program advisor at Gustolab, a center for food and culture in Rome, and collaborates with other higher education institutions such as the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain), ALMA the Graduate School of the University of Bologna (Italy), and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo (Italy). Among his recent publications: Food Culture in Italy (2004), The introduction to Culinary Cultures in Europe (The Council of Europe, 2005) and Bite Me! Food in Popular Culture (2008). He is general editor with Peter Scholliers of a six-volume Cultural History of Food (2012).

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Casu Marzu and Nordic Food

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 10:29 AM

You may be aware of the existence of casu marzu, a sheep milk cheese from the island of Sardinia, in the middle of the Mediterranean. Unlike other cheeses from Italy, casu marzu has the peculiarity of being inhabited by live, tiny maggots, which give it a very specific texture and...

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Food in the Circular Economy: A Proposal From the European Union

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Rarely, as in recent months, has the European Union been so unpopular among its citizens. In May 2014, the elections for the European Parliament, its legislative body, saw the success of political parties whose admitted goal is to reduce the meddling of the Union in the daily activities of those...

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Fat Studies: Bodies, Culture, Health

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Why, as a society, do we care so much about the way we look? Why are we often uncomfortable with our reflection in the mirror? Too frequently, what we see does not match what the world around us promotes as acceptable or preferable. It is not only a question of...

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The Bangalore Foodie Club: Eating Adventures in a Cosmopolitan City

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 9:09 AM

Living in New York and working in food -- previously as a journalist and currently as a professor -- I often find myself talking about restaurants, products, and trends. A growing number of people identify themselves as "foodies," passionate about all things culinary, ready to improve their expertise, and always...

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Italian Cuisine and Its Intricacies

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Italy maintains a dazzling variety of products, now an important component of local identities. As a child, I distinctly remember that I was not aware of many fantastic products that I now love. Only later, was I exposed to the squash tortelli from Mantova, the smoked pork speck from Alto...

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East Harlem Tables: Food and Italian Immigrant Cultures

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:16 PM

When friends visit New York City from out of town, especially from Italy, we often end up taking a stroll through Manhattan's Little Italy, which looms large in the imagination of many Italians. Although they have seen it in movies and in TV shows, they tend to have a limited...

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Italian Food in Crisis? Italians, Their Food, and the Foreign Press

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:48 AM

Over the past few days, a couple of pieces in the American press -- later translated in Italian media -- have drawn attention to some of the least glamorous aspects of the culinary trend "Made in Italy." In The New York Times, a graphic piece by Nicholas Blechman entitled "

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Vegetarianism, Culture, and Business in India

(8) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Disclaimer: I am not a vegetarian. I'm not a rabid steak chaser either, but I definitely do not disdain meat. Yet I did not miss it at all during my stay in Bangalore. I was aware that vegetarianism was not uncommon in India, but I was not aware of the...

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1970, a Turning Point in American Cuisine

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:34 PM

1971, the year when Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, is often cited as a turning point for American cuisine. The young woman, who had lived in France while pursuing her degree in cultural studies, had discovered the pleasure of shopping for fresh, local produce, and a relaxed...

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Blame it on the Onion: Food and Indian Politics

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:38 PM

I recently spent two weeks in Bangalore, India doing research on geographical indications and on the food industry in one of the global IT capitals of the world. More about that in the coming weeks, but when I was there, I could not help but be intrigued by recurring news...

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Is Food Art? Chefs, Creativity, and the Restaurant Business?

(4) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Is food art? As food gains increasing visibility as an arena where the cultural attitudes, the social status, and the political worldviews of individuals and communities are constantly negotiated, the question of whether food can be considered an art form resonates among scholars, practitioners, and aficionados. The New School, together...

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The Liberal Artisan: Food Studies and Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Whether a college education in the liberal arts is worth effort, time and, above all, financial investment, has become a pressing question with wide social repercussions. The recent comments by President Obama underlined the urgency of the issue. In an economic environment where student debt is on the...

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Supermarket Superstar: Food Business and Reality TV

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:12 PM

"Three home cooks compete to prove that their product has what it takes to become the next supermarket brand." That's the concept of the new Lifetime reality show Supermarket Superstar, as explained in the first episode by host Stacy Keibler while images of consumers' favorites -- from Chef...

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A Walk in Bangkok's Food Markets

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Considering the Bangkok rainy season, it was a relatively bearable morning. Tee, a chef in training and a friend of Gai, a former student of mine, picked me up at my hotel with his girlfriend Sand. Tucked far away from the tourist attractions, my temporary residence was conveniently located near...

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The Telephone, a Kitchen Appliance

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 4:05 PM

Before I moved to New York City in 1998, I had had no direct exposure to U.S. culture -- food habits included. As I was getting acquainted with the city, one of the aspects of everyday life that struck me most was the fact that few people seemed to spend...

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What Cup of Coffee?

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:29 PM

The sun was rising over a crisp morning in Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China. As an exchange student in Beijing, I was spending a weekend in Inner Mongolia with other foreign friends, not too far from the provincial capital, Huhehot. Although we considered ourselves quite adventurous and attuned to...

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Weighing In: Assessing the Heaviness of Obesity

(7) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:56 PM

Obesity has come to the fore in all sorts of debates, from public health to the environment, from food justice to child development. The topic is discussed with an increasing sense of urgency -- if not emergency -- that has given rise to the pervasive use of the expression "obesity...

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The Show With Vinnie: Eating and Talking, Staten Island Style

(5) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 11:51 AM

There is something endearing about The Show with Vinnie, the purposefully trashy and low-tech MTV talk show, the most recent spin-off of the Jersey Shore reality TV hit. Hosted by Vinny Guadagnino, a former protagonist of the now defunct Jersey Shore series, each episode is taped in Vinny's Staten Island...

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General Tso Chicken: An Immigrant Life Saga

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

When I was studying Asian languages in Italy, back in the 1980s, the few Chinese restaurants open in my native city of Rome only served two...

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Dining & Design: It's Not all About Looks

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 8:43 AM

Today, many argue that the culinary world, and in particular the restaurant industry, is developing two opposing trends. On one hand, chefs are embracing farm-to-table dining; they highlight the provenance of their ingredients -- emphasizing in particular local and organic ones -- and stress the artisanal aspect of their craft....

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