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We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans (Donna R. Gabaccia) – Eschewing the convenient “melting pot” metaphor, Gabaccia chronicles the evolution of American cuisine that despite culinary conservatism from both sides – the “natives”, themselves relatively recent arrivals, and the newest immigrants—was marked by a tendency towards innovation. American food is, as Gabbaccia carefully shows, not simply a sum of national (mostly European) cuisines, but rather a kaleidoscope of dishes that were half-American and half-European. The parts of the book that deal with Italian immigrants underlines this thesis: the reader understands spaghetti with meatballs as a construction of immigrants who only rarely ate pasta and almost never ate meat, the meatballs a symbol of having “made it” in the New World. ZN

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