First issued in 1948, when soulless minute steaks and quick casseroles were becoming the norm, The Unprejudiced Palate inspired a seismic culinary shift in how America eats. Written by a food-loving immigrant from Tuscany, this memoir-cum-cookbook articulates the Italian American vision of the good life: a backyard garden, a well-cooked meal shared with family and friends, and a passion for ingredients and cooking that nourish the body and the soul.
Although he wrote it nearly 60 years ago, Pellegrini’s treatise on food and life reads like a contemporary paean to the Italian culinary ideal. It is no surprise that the editor of this series of classic food writings chose Mario Batali to write a new introduction to Pellegrini, for the two share a nearly identical philosophy. Pellegrini immigrated to the U.S. from Italy and became a professor of English. At his Seattle home, he cultivated a garden and spread a gospel of simple, fresh cooking that wowed his academic colleagues. Disdaining the pretensions of the midcentury movement for processed, flavorless foods, Pellegrini was a lonely voice for using game, fresh herbs, home-canned tomatoes, and garden vegetables to create simple sauces for pasta. He relished the organ meats that repelled so many others, but he could not cook without his beloved imported Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. In his writings, he recorded recipes, but these are more general techniques than rosters of precisely measured ingredients. Those unfamiliar with Pellegrini will be astounded at his prescience. Mark KnoblauchCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
“I have always thought that Angelo Peligrini misnamed his charming but opinionated book. It should have been called the Prejudiced Palate, because he is so absolutely sure and unwavering in his vision of how to live a beautiful and delicious life. And I think he’s right.” –Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse”Like great dishes, great writing remains in our memory forever. Angelo Pellegrini’s THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a lesson in how to enjoy life in an elegant and highly civilized way.” – Jacques Pépin “Angelo Pellegrini remains undoubtedly one of America’s greatest food writers. But THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is not just about cooking; it’s about taking the time to slow down and savor life. This delightful classic is a must read for those who live in our fast-food nation.” –David Rosengarten, author of It’s All American Food, The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook and Taste “THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a forgotten gem from what might be remembered as the Golden Age of American food writing. This Italian born, beloved Seattle professor, friend and colleague of MFK Fisher, wrote with charm, wit, and a rare intelligence about food.” –Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt, Cod, 1968 “Angelo Pellegrini’s very personal view of cookery in America in the late forties is erudite, fascinating and at times screamingly funny. His descriptions of his Italian family’s favorite dishes are so complete that they might as well be recipes, each more delicious sounding than the next”–Daniel Bouloud “THE UNPREJUDICED PALATE is a savory treat that, like a fine wine or good stinky cheese, has improved with age” –Jessica Harris, author of The Africa Cookbook and Beyond Gumbo
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This classic book on family, food, and a spirited life is one to own and to reread from time to time. Pellegrini was a young boy when his family immigrated to a small town in western Washington state. He became one of the University of Washington’s most popular English professors. His energy and love of life were also evident in his weekly articles in The Seattle Times. Treat yourself to this classic.
I’m a longtime fan of Angelo Pellegrini so perhaps I am biased. He provided simple recipes and a passion for eating well. If you are a foodie you might enjoy his approach to life and Italian cuisine.
I have been on a search for Angelo Pellegrini’s books for years. They are no longer in print. I am once again enjoying his view of life, food, a balanced life. I am sorry that he is not longer alive to write more, but each of his books is a real treasure of wisdom and joy. This book is one of his later works and I was able to find it.
- Title: The Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life (Modern Library Food)
- Autor: Angelo M. Pellegrini
- Publisher (Publication Date): Modern Library; Reprint edition (August 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0812971558
- ISBN-13: | 978-0812971552
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