Conviviality, seasonality, sustainability: these are the secrets of the Mediterranean diet, the foundation of a lifestyle that has conquered the world. The diet was discovered by two American scientists in the 1950s in the area between Naples and the Cilento. Resting on symbolic foods of the Mediterranean triad – cereals, oil, wine – this “anti-diet” successfully combines the legacy of the classic world and local traditions. This book explores the diet’s sacred sites: Campania, Amalfi, Cetara (anchovies), Pozzuoli (the realm of seafood), Apulia (the burnt grain pasta of Tricase, the almond paste of Lecce), Lucania (ancient-grain bread), Sicily (Favignana’s tuna, Palermo’s pancakes, Catania’s fried rice balls), not to mention Naples, Genoa and Venice.
Elisabetta Moro teaches Cultural Anthropology at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples.
Marino Niola teaches Anthropology of Symbols at the same university. Together they head the Mediterranean Diet Social Research Centre (MedEatResearch).