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Delizia

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2nd November 2023

Price: £25

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399727037

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‘If only we could all write as brilliantly on Italy and its food as John Dickie does. He may well know Italy and Italians better than they know themselves’ Stanley Tucci


The new edition of the much-loved classic, with a fresh chapter that brings the surprising and moreish tale of the Italian way of eating right up to the present.

Delizia! takes the reader on a revelatory historical journey through the flavours of the cities that shaped the Italian love for good eating. From the bustle of Medieval Milan, to the bombast of Fascist Rome; from the pleasure gardens of Renaissance Ferrara, to the putrid alleyways of nineteenth-century Naples. In rich slices of Italian life, Delizia! shows how violence and intrigue, as well as taste and creativity, went to make the world’s favourite cuisine. With its mix of vivid story-telling, ground-breaking research and shrewd analysis, John Dickie’s Delizia! is as appetising as the dishes it describes.

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Reviews

Francesco Mazzei
'John Dickie is the only non-Italian that we Italians would trust to write the history of the food we are so passionate about.'
Stanley Tucci
'If only we could all write as brilliantly on Italy and its food as John Dickie does. He may well know Italy and Italians better than they know themselves'
Angela Hartnett
'No one is more authoritative on the history of Italian food and its culture, Delizia! is an addictive read for anyone interested in the dolce vita.'
Giorgio Locatelli
'Food and culture of Italy come together in this fantastic, must-have book from John Dickie.'
Dan Saladino
'John Dickie is a brilliant storyteller... and what better story is there to tell than the history of Italian food?'
Matthew Fort
'Delizia! is one of those rare books that changes the way you think about food. Scrupulously argued, elegantly expressed, it is a delight in every sense.'