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Americas Little Italys: Recipes & Traditions from Coast to Coast Paperback – October 20, 2010

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Bellman's (America's Great Delis) bittersweet celebration of Italian-American communities in the U.S. charts the roots and endurance of Italian-American traditions. With the starry-eyed enthusiasm of an outsider, Bellman surveys the immigrant experience during distinct waves in the 19th and early 20th centuries; spotlights Italian-Americans in industry, politics, and entertainment; and notes regional differences and the ways they influenced settlement. In chapters devoted to 15 Italian-American enclaves--including Manhattan's Little Italy, Boston's North End, San Francisco's North Beach, and Cleveland's Murray Hill--Bellman profiles family-owned restaurants, cafes, markets, and bakeries that have survived integration with more recent immigrants and urban renewal. Bellman provides archival photographs of streets, storefronts, company logos, advertisements, postcards, and menus. Anchoring Bellman's identification of the Italian-American experience with food are signature recipes from such famed establishments as Umberto's Clam House in New York (lobster fra diavolo), Caffé Vittoria in Boston (espresso martini), Frank Pepe Pizzeria in New Haven, Conn. (white clam pizza), Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans (caramel custard), and Tony Nitti's Bar-B-Que in Chicago (wedding soup with tiny meatballs). Although the fate of America's Little Italys is insecure, this trove preserves their legacies. (Nov.)
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An incredible time line of Italian cooking and culture runs from 6000 B.C.E. to the present, including maps, illustrations, and photographs. Bellman (America s Great Delis: Recipes and Traditions from Coast to Coast) profiles restaurants in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Providence, Cleveland, New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis, and San Diego, offering a brief history of the restaurant, photographs (current and historical), and recipes. ... Recommended for areas with thriving Little Italys and readers with a penchant for culinary travel and exploration. --Library Journal

Bellman's (America's Great Delis) bittersweet celebration of Italian-American communities in the U.S. charts the roots and endurance of Italian-American traditions. Bellman surveys the immigrant experience during distinct waves in the 19th and early 20th centuries; spotlights Italian-Americans in industry, politics, and entertainment; and notes regional differences and the ways they influenced settlement... In chapters devoted to 15 Italian-American enclaves, Bellman profiles family-owned restaurants, cafes, markets, and bakeries... Anchoring Bellman's identification of the Italian-American experience with food are signature recipes from famed establishments. Although the fate of America's Little Italys is insecure, this trove preserves their legacies. --PW Weekly

This book is about so much more than recipes and traditions! The perfect gift for anyone who has ever had a favorite pizza parlor or spumoni counter or capocollo provender, America's Little Italys is bound to elicit heartwarming memories and culinary daydreams. --InItaly.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing Inc (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416206094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416206095
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book for a dear Italian friend for next Christmas. I may read it all before then- and I may want to keep it for myself. The recipes alone look amazing. Someone went to a lot of trouble to research the rich Italian history of this nation. I hope my friend will enjoy it as much as I have.
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Nice book, lots of great pictures, but is VERY heavy on NYC and the boroughs. Cleveland's Little Italy (very famous) merrited one recipe and info on one restaurant only. Same with Baltimore and other cities. I would say New York was approx 85% or more of the book. The writer lives in NY, so I understand the heaviness of that section, but there are a lot of little Italy's out there....even Chicago was only a couple pages.
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This is part history book and part cookbook, telling the story in words and photos of Italian immigration to America and the establishment of "little Italy" neighborhoods, highlighting the history of 51 restaurants, bakeries, and markets from 14 cities that reflect Italian culture and cuisine. Recipes from the restaurants are included, from main dishes to breads to desserts.

I thought this was an interesting book even though I'm not Italian, and I found several good recipes to try including Chicken Parmesan from Alleva Dairy in New York City, and a pizza dough recipe from Tony Nitti's Bar-B-Que in Chicago. History buffs and cooks who enjoy Italian food will like this book.
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The best idea on buying a cook book to live with, is to get the recipes put together who really come from the area
of the Recipe. . Boy does that help in time and doing the recipe right with all the side remarks. I must confess however that the Little Italy's around the world succeed to the fullest. . My only problem is that with about 200
Italian Recipes, I have not had time to try these recipes out. . I will give my rating when I have time to open up the book and try the recipes. .

Renee Evers
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My Sicilian father seemed very pleased with this book as a Christmas gift. It's a stroll down memory lane for him (NYC's Little Italy and the Bronx) and a peek at some places he's never been, but can relate to. My only comment would be that there could be more pictures and it would be nice in a hard cover (like a "coffee table" book.
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An excellent book on Little Italy's here in the U.S.- Totally surprised my younger sister with this book for her birthday, and she gave it raves also. We are half Sicilian, and this is our heritage- A very good book!
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This book is so informative- its a cookbook an a history book all rolled into one!! It makes cooking fun while learning all about the Little Italy's, their customs and their wonderful cooking secrets!! It makes a great gift too-
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I love the history and the photos in this book. It makes it unique. A person who appreciates the history of foods and authetic Italian flavors will enjoy this book.
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