Chatham University

Chewing the Fat: Italian Foodways, Gender, and Oral History

Monday, September 17, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
EBC, Room 127

Oral historian and culinary scholar Dr. Karima Moyer-Nocchi will present stories from her recently published book: Chewing the Fat – An Oral History of Italian Foodways from Fascism to Dolce Vita, based on oral history interviews carried out with Italian women in their nineties. She examines the sociopolitical influence that the fascist era exerted on the formation of the Italian culinary identity, and the role it played in the conceptual development of Italian cuisine as we know it today. Moyer analyzes the notion of “authenticity” and reveals how some of the best-loved myths of Italian food are part of an invented set of traditions, but explains why those have been an important part of societal healing and cultural progression in Italy.

Dr. Karima Moyer-Nocchi is a professor in the Modern Languages department at the University of Siena and also teaches Food Studies at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, and the University of Oklahoma, Arezzo.

Event Contact Information

Cassandra Malis


Eden Hall Campus