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.