The Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library is hosting the Vito Marcantonio Forum and the Italian American Writers Association’s book party and discussion of Simone Cinotto’s
The Italian American Table
2pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014
WHAT: Book party, dramatic reading and discussion of Simone Cinotto’s, The Italian American Table: Food, Family and Community in New York City.
Looking at the Italian-American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, Cinotto demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children.
From generational conflicts resolved around the family table to a vibrant food-based economy of ethnic producers, importers, and restaurateurs, food was essential to the creation of an Italian-American identity. Italian-American foods offered not only sustenance but also powerful narratives of community and difference, tradition and innovation as immigrants made their way through a city divided by class conflict, ethnic hostility, and racialized inequalities.
WHO: Simone Cinotto is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at New York University, 2013-2014. He teaches U.S., European, and Italian History at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the Director of the Master’s Program in “Food Culture and Communications: Food, Place, and Identities.” He is also a co-director of the upcoming NYU-UNIGS Joint International Conference, “What Did the Jews Eat: A Global History of Jewish Food,” taking place in June 2014.
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014; from 2-4PM. Free admission.
LOCATION: 10 Jersey St., corner of Mulberry and Prince Sts. between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets, one block south of E. Houston Street.
Check out the event listing and description on the New York Public Library’s site.
Directions: B/D/F/M trains to Broadway/Lafayette, the 6 train to Bleecker Street, or the R train to Prince Street. The library is handicapped accessible. www.nypl.org