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Book Signing Slated for ‘The Italian Way: Food and Social Life’

Dr. Douglas Harper, professor of sociology at Duquesne University, will do a signing for his new book The Italian Way: Food and Social Life, published by The University of Chicago Press. Harper co-authored the book with Patrizia Faccioli, a native of Italy and professor of sociology at the University of Bologna.

“The core of the book is the study of the dinner experience of a wide range of Italian families, some working class, others middle and professional class; some traditional and others modern,” explains Harper.

The Italian Way reflects on Italian culture by focusing on 24 families in the city of Bologna, Italy, and features interviews, observations and 150 photos (taken by Harper) of the families shopping for ingredients, cooking together and cleaning up after their meals.

According to the publisher, Harper and Faccioli demonstrate “the guiding principle of the Italian table—a delicate balance between the structure of tradition and the joy of improvisation.”

When: Thursday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Duquesne University Power Center, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square, Pittsburgh.

Information: For more information, call 412.434.6626.

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