Paper - Cavallaro 1 Anthony Cavallaro NUSC 1167 March 3 2009 My Food Behaviors and Attitudes Ethnic backgrounds have a huge influence on what

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Cavallaro 1 Anthony Cavallaro NUSC 1167 March 3, 2009 My Food Behaviors and Attitudes Ethnic backgrounds have a huge influence on what people eat and the way they eat it. As a fourth generation Italian-American, my ethnic background has greatly influenced my view of food. While daily food choices still show a small persuasion of the Italian culture, it is the holiday season when the true influence is evident. While food is important aspect of any culture, I feel that this is truer of the Italian ethnicity, as it is commonly stereotyped. My great grandparents emigrated from different regions of Italy, primarily Sicily and Naples. Their families found each other in and around East Haven, Connecticut, the fourth most Italian-American community in the United States. As did scores of immigrants, they upheld many of their cultural behaviors while adopting the norms of American society. Food was an integral part of the transition. While food was a great way to connect with people of your own culture and of other cultures as well, the cost of living for many people of the time prevented them from enjoying all of the luxuries that we are now able to afford. “As immigrants from different regions of Italy settled in different regions of the United States and became ‘Italian-Americans,’ they brought with them diverse traditions of foods and recipes that were particularly identified with their regional origins in Italy and yet infused with the characteristics of their new home locale in America.” 1 While my Italian heritage is somewhat evident in my daily food choices, special occasions are a time to truly celebrate in a traditional way and food is an integral part of these 1 "Italian-American cuisine." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia . 26 Jan 2009 27 Feb 2009 < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian-American_cuisine >.
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Cavallaro 2 traditional celebrations. Because Catholicism is the primary religion of Italy, most Italian immigrants became more devoutly Catholic when they moved to the United States. This is evident in older generations in my family.
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course NUSC 1167 taught by Professor Freake during the Spring '09 term at UConn.

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Paper - Cavallaro 1 Anthony Cavallaro NUSC 1167 March 3 2009 My Food Behaviors and Attitudes Ethnic backgrounds have a huge influence on what

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