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Fabio Parasecoli
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Fabio Parasecoli is associate professor and director of Food Studies initiatives 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 regularly lectures for the Food and Wine MBA of the University of Bologna (Italy) and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo (Italy). Among his recent publications: Food Culture in Italy (2004), Bite Me! Food in Popular Culture (2008), and Al Dente: A History of Food in Italy (2014), now also available Italian. He is general editor with Peter Scholliers of a six-volume Cultural History of Food (2012).

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Tracking the Origin of Food: The Intriguing Case of San Marzano Tomatoes

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 11:17 AM

2015-08-16-1439737857-6365608-sanmarzano1.jpg photo: Pbenjay's Blog

Let's suppose, just for a moment, that you feel like trying a somewhat exotic delicacy beyond the flavorful bounty that your local CSA offers, or that you are experimenting with a recipe that calls for a specific product...

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Food on Show: Two Exhibitions in Rome

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 9:41 AM


Not to be outclassed by Milan, where the Expo 2015 - with more or less success - has turned the spotlight on food and nutrition as one on the most urgent issues of our time, Rome has now its own food-themed...

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Milan Expo 2015: Entertainment and (Some) Food for Thought

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 10:40 AM


The first impression is, of course, quite overwhelming: from the start, the crowds waiting in line, the grand main boulevard, and the spectacular pavilions convey that we are witnessing a unique event. Despite the construction delays, lack of organization and, unfortunately, corruption, which...

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McDonald's vs. Slow Food: A Food Controversy at the Milan Expo

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 5:58 PM


Things are heating up in Milan between McDonald's and Slow Food, I realized by reading a very interesting Facebook post from my former student and now friend Federico Iavicoli, founder and owner of Spasso Food, a street-food inspired take-away store in Rome. Federico...

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Austria and the Future of Alpine Cuisine

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 3:44 PM

Food Installation by Honey & Bunny

What is alpine cuisine? And could that be the approach allowing Austrian food to position itself internationally, just like it happened for the New Nordic Cuisine? Those were some of the topics examined during "Culinary Art 2015:...

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Food, Flavors, and Babies

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 11:15 AM

One of my first memories as a child - I may have been 7 or 8 - is when my mother made ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach, served with a simple tomato sauce. At that age, I hated mozzarella, soft cheeses, and ricotta - except when my father mixed...

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The Cultures of "Fresco": Food Design in Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Graphic art by Juliana Serrano Pérez

For a few days, Bogotá turned into the South American capital of food design. The second annual meeting of the Red Latinoamericana de Food Design (the Latin American network of food design) took place at...

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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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