De gustibus (Eating History: Italy)
It was History Channel Italia’s second most popular programme of the year.
This TV history of Italian food is now available on Amazon Prime in the UK.
Episode 1 – What the Romans ate Spoiler: it wasn’t just one great big toga party .
Episode 2 – Holy food Why did devout Italians make eggs out of rice and fish glue? For centuries, the Pope told Italians what they could and could not eat.
Episode 3 – Power lunch From Renaissance princes to Fascist dictators, Italy’s rulers have brought power and propaganda to the table
Episode 4 – The private life of pasta Who really invented pasta? And why did a King of Naples eat maccheroni with his hands?
Episode 5 – Going Hungry Italy would not be the land of plenty it is today if it had not been haunted by hunger for centuries
Episode 6 – Viva l’Italia 200 years ago, European travellers thought Italian food was disgusting. What changed?