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Simone Cinotto

Università di Genova

A Transnational History of Italian Cuisine: Icon of Diasporic Identity, Cultural Commodity in the Global Marketplace


Simone Cinotto received a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Genoa (2000). He is a member of the "Piero Bairati" Center for Euro-American Studies at the University of Turin. His research interests include immigration and ethnic history, food history, and history and film. He is the author of Una famiglia che mangia insieme: cibo ed etnicità nella comunità italoamericana di New York, 1920-1940 [A Family That Eats Together: Food and Ethnicity in the Italian American Community of New York City, 1920-1940], Turin, 2001, and the editor of Colture e culture del riso: una prospettiva storica [Rice Cultures in Historical Perspective], Vercelli, 2002. As a fellow of the Fondazione Bellonci in Rome, he is working on Luchino Visconti's film Rocco and His Brothers and its representation of Italian internal migrations in the 1950s-1960s. He is also coordinating a local history project on emigration from a Northeastern Piedmont community in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.