Is Italian cuisine in danger?

Jeannie Marshall, a Canadian journalist in Rome, thinks so and in her book warns the Italians: you’re starting to eat like Americans.

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We have talked about Jeannie Marshall and her raising of the alarm for Italian cuisine before, after her book “The Lost Art of Feeding Kids” started making a noise in the international press. An extract published in Slate played its part in this, attracting the attention of Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former US president (and perhaps also the next) amongst others, who talked about it on her Facebook profile.

In her book, Marshall, who has lived in Rome for several years, first describes her admiration for traditional Italian food culture: raising a child in Italy, she rediscovered the fact that children should be eating “real”, varied food that is cooked at home, not just processed food prepared for them, as is the case in North America. But she also describes her disappointment at the discovery of how quickly the Italian diet is being eroded by habits imported from abroad, especially those linked to junk food and processed food. And she warns: you (the Italians) run the risk of becoming like us (North Americans) when it comes to food, when it should be the other way around.

We met Jeannie Marshall at the market in Rome where the first pages of her book are set.

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