De gustibus (Eating History: Italy)
John is the only foreigner that Italians trust to tell them the story of their globally famous cuisine.
It was History Channel Italia’s second most popular programme of the year.
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?