What Is “Real” Italian Cooking? Join Me for a Google Hangout


UPDATE: For those of you who were unable to join us on the Google+ hangout So You Think You Know Food: Italian, French, Portugutese, you can now watch it on YouTube. Please feel free to add you insight/comments here. It’s a fascinating discussion and one that is ongoing.

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How do you define Italian food?

Is it pizza? Spaghetti? Is it your grandmother’s “Sunday gravy,” or the Bolognese sauce you had at a “Northern Italian” restaurant? Or maybe ~ though I hope not ~ it’s a dish called “chicken Alfredo” featured at a national “Italian” restaurant chain.

Obviously, Italian food is the food you eat in Italy…or is it? According to this opinion piece posted recently on La Repubblica’s website, more and more Italian kids are losing their taste for their national cuisine in favor of American-style burgers, fries and chicken fingers.

It’s a loaded, fascinating subject, and one I’ll be taking up this Thursday at 10 a.m. EST as part of a Google+ hangout called “So You Think You Know Food?” I’m joining fellow panelists David Leite, founder of the award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria, and food writer Jamie Schler, the exuberant voice behind the blog Life’s a Feast.

David, Jamie and I will be discussing the myths vs. realities of three cuisines ~ Portuguese, French and Italian. Jenni Field, baker, blogger at Pastry Chef Online and Google+ maven is moderating the panel, and Chef Dennis Littley, founder of G+ Food Bloggers Community is providing technical support as well as the perspective of a longtime chef.

I’d love for you to be part of the conversation. If you are already on Google+ please join the hangout. If you are not yet on Google+ consider joining and taking part in the discussion. I just joined myself and it’s a whole new world with lots of great conversations around food. I’m still learning to navigate it but I’m getting there and ~ seriously ~  if I can figure it out, anyone can.

In the mean time, I welcome your input. How do you define Italian cuisine? Please share your thoughts in a comment. And be sure to check out this series on my friend Frank’s blog, Memorie di Angelina. He’s written extensively and thoughtfully on the subject.

9 Responses to What Is “Real” Italian Cooking? Join Me for a Google Hangout

  1. Rosa Mayland February 18, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Interesting! I’ll see if I can participate…



  2. Anna Engdahl February 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    I’ll be there. You mentioned
    some of my pet peeves.

    • Domenica Marchetti February 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Looking forward to it Anna. It won’t be solely focused on Italian cooking but there are myths around many foreign cuisines. It should be an interesting discussion.

  3. Adri February 19, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    What a cool thing. I love it.

    • Domenica Marchetti February 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      I’m glad you were able to listen in for part of the discussion, Adri. I’m sure this is a subject near and dear to your heart.

  4. Jenni Field (@PastryChfOnline) February 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Gosh, this was fun! Thanks again for your participation, Domenica! Hooray for So You Think You Know Food!

    • Domenica Marchetti February 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Jenni, thanks for including me. It’s a wonderful idea for a series and I hope there will be many more. Cheers, D

  5. rozpaige February 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I’m so sad that I could not make the hangout. I had read about it through one of your Facebook posts, but I was teaching at the time. If you have more in the future, I hope to be able to attend!

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