Eating History: Italy

October 2017

S1 Ep6 - Viva L'italia

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Italian food's conquest of the world is almost complete, and now considered the world's best cuisine, but it wasn't always like that. John tells the story of remarkable transformation: from 19th century meals the the unpretentious and delightful Mediterranean cuisine known today. John will wrap an apron around his waist for the last time to serve as the assistant to one of the most important Italian chefs on the international scene: Giorgio Locatelli.

S1 Ep5 - Going Hungry

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Italy, the land of plenty, has over the centuries often run on empty. But the hunger that killed thousands and the disease that accompanied extreme poverty and despair have also given rise to extraordinary resourcefulness and the invention of the world's favourite food: pizza. Born in the cholera-ridden slums of Naples, pizza was almost consigned to the garbage bin of history.

S1 Ep4 - The Private Life Of Pasta

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The delicious bowl of spaghetti emerged from Arab countries after they brought it with them when they invaded Sicily in the 12th century. In a pasta factory, John learns to make pasta by hand, and exposes the role played by pasta in the Naples' politics from the 18th century. Not just comfort food, pasta was used to quiet an unruly mob until the mid-20th century, when politicians exchanged noodles for votes.
September 2017

S1 Ep3 - Power Lunch

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In the corridors of power in Italy, John feasts at the table of the Duke Alfonso d'Este, a man bold enough to marry Lucrezia Borgia. He'll reveal how Charles V used food to display his power and lasting legacy on Italian food; how Mussolini put the country on a diet of bread and rice, and how Berlusconi served the leaders of the 2001 G8 a sumptuous feast while Genova burnt.

S1 Ep2 - Holy Food

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John Dickie explores how Catholicism has played an extraordinary central role in the Italian diet where for centuries people lurked from a diet of plenty to a diet of little. He'll spend time at the papal table to look at the diet of Popes through the ages and at some of their more interesting quirks, and revisits the gargantuan meals served when the cardinals sat in the Sistine Chapel.

S1 Ep1 - What The Romans Ate

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What The Romans Ate - Best-selling author and historian John Dickie goes on a romp through Italy's past to reveal how much of it was shaped by its food. In this first episode, John reveals how grain shortages had emperors shaking in their sandals. He subjects himself to the diet of the gladiators, who survived their long training hours on a diet of grain, washed down with a sports drink of vinegar and ash. (S.1 Ep.1) (From Italy, in English & Italian) (Documentary Series) (Class. tba) CC
August 2016

Episode 3 - pesto clip 1

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Episode 3 - pesto clip 1 of Eating History: Italy was broadcast by SBS ONE on Wednesday 3 August 2016 at 6:10.
July 2016

July 19, 2016

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Starts Thursday July 21 at 7.30pm on SBS. This brand-new series sees enthusiastic historian John Dickie take us on a 6-episode romp through Italy's past to reveal just how much of it was actually shaped by food. In this feast of horrors and delights, we bust myths, expose legends, crack mysteries - and tell a new, dramatic and fascinating history of Italy.