The Italian American Table

The Italian American Table: Food, Family and Community in New York City by Simone Cinotto discusses the pivotal role of food in the formation of Italian American identity. It points out that what came to be Italian-American food was largely a combination of innovation and tradition, shaped greatly by class and immigrant generation. He discusses the unifying force of food culture within Italian immigrant communities, centered around family values and community cohesion. This has been highly present in media representations of Italian-American communities. This also led to the formation of an American middle class identity and became a part of the Italian relationship with whiteness. It also arguably made Americans more comfortable with cultural diversity. The article concludes by restating its argument that food is central to the formation and Americanization of Italian-American communities in the US.

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