Folklore, Fakelore, History: Invented Tradition and the Origins of the Pizza Margherita

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Abstract:

This article evaluates the creation myth of the pizza margherita as presented by those texts which presume to describe its history, as well as an alternative possibility for the story's genesis. It begins with a description of the contested historiography of Italian unification, then examines evidence for the veracity of the story, concluding with some questions about the assumed boundaries between folklore and history.

Keywords: FAKELORE; HISTORY OF PIZZA; INVENTION OF TRADITION; NAPLES; PIZZA MARGHERITA

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175174414X13828682779249

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research is an international, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to exploring the complex relationships among food, culture, and society from numerous disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as in the world of food beyond the academic.

    It brings to bear the highest standards of research and scholarship on all aspects of food studies and encourages vigorous debate on a wide range of topics, such as: cross-cultural perspectives on eating behaviors; gender and the food system; recipes, cookbooks, and menu as texts; philosophical and religious perspectives on food and the body; social construction of culinary practices, beliefs, and traditions; politics of the family meal; dietary transitions; psychological, cultural, and social determinants of taste; methodological issues in the food studies; malnutrition, hunger, and food security; commodity chain and foodshed analysis; food in fiction, film, and art; comparative food history; social and cultural dimensions of food technologies; political economy of the global food system; food studies pedagogy.

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