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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 Knoblauch
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“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”
“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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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. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Judy C.
I came for the food, but was seduced by Pellegrini's exuberant approach to life. What a joy it would be to have him as a neighbor. Read morePublished 14 months ago by vls'son
This classic book on family, food, and a spirited life is one to own and to reread from time to time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Judy Sanders
I enjoyed this book. Helps to round out your knowledge of food, it's preparation, and the pairing of different dishes.Published 22 months ago by Stephen W Johnson
This is a great read. The author is quite charming and his outlook on food is inspiring and practical.Published on December 18, 2008 by adacorn
I picked it up based on the reviews from others. Excellent book. Very much of a how to enjoy a balanced life kind of a philosophy.Published on January 21, 2007 by BigJay039
this is a great book, nothing made me want to leave my urban lifestyle as much as reading about his gardens and 50 feet of raspberry bushes and making his own wine and foraging,... Read morePublished on February 26, 2006 by Christine Burmeister