Eat­ing His­tory: Italy

Thurs­day, SBS, 7.30pm

Isis Town and Country - - Life | Tv Guide -

Ital­ian food has long been a crowd-pleaser, and, as much of it is rel­a­tively easy to whip up in the com­fort of your own home (we’re look­ing at you, pasta), it’s also a sta­ple in the mod­ern Aus­tralian diet, thus fa­mil­iar to most. But this se­ries comes at Italy’s de­lec­ta­ble cui­sine from a dif­fer­ent an­gle – look­ing at it as a win­dow on his­tory. The en­thu­si­as­tic John Dickie (right) ex­pands on his book Delizia! The Epic His­tory of the Ital­ians and their Food, trav­el­ling across the land to un­earth some fas­ci­nat­ing tales via the ta­ble. In tonight’s sec­ond in­stal­ment, he’s in the Vat­i­can City, look­ing at Catholi­cism’s role in the diet of all Ital­ians, from plebs to popes.

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