Pizza - pieces of flatbread, topped with savories - was a simple and tasty meal for those who could not afford plates.
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Pizza is the world's favorite fast food, with some three billion pizza sold every year in the US alone.
The story of how pizza became so popular reveals much about the history of migration, economics, and technological change.
For a long time, pizzas were associated with poverty and scorned by food writers.
In 1831, Samuel Morse described pizza as a ‘species of the most nauseating cake … covered over with slices of pomodoro or tomatoes, and sprinkled with little fish and black pepper and I know not what other ingredients, it altogether looks like a piece of bread that has been taken reeking out of the sewer.’
While on a visit to Naples in 1889, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita grew tired of the complicated French dishes they were served. Three sorts of pizza were offered to the queen: one with lard, caciocavallo, and basil; another with cecenielli; and a third with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
The queen was delighted. Her favorite – the last of the three – was named Pizza Margherita in her honor.
Nowadays sushi is maybe the most cherished dish in Japan. And most of us tend to believe that it originates from Japanese areas. However, Sushi has first appeared and started being cooked in Thailand and Vietnam, as sources state. Then, it became known in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines and finally brought to China.
While at first it was considered as the food of poor people, who worked in or near paddy fields, it ended up becoming one of the most sophisticated dishes worldwide.
The first ice cream factories opened in the USA before the war. In Italy, pre-confectioned ice cream was a post-war delicacy.
In recent years, home-made or artisan ice-cream has become increasingly sophisticated in technique and ingredients.
It is not a weight-loss regime such as the Atkins or Dukan diets. It is actually not a prescriptive diet at all, rather a pattern of eating.
It is based on a rural life where people ate what they grew. It has no preservatives. It is freshly picked, plucked and cooked.