Jul 252011
 

At present, national and online retailers offer few brands of gianduia to American consumers.  Those fortunate enough to live near a good Italian market may have somewhat better options.  Though we’ll discuss some of the more common brands shortly, limited and inconsistent availability make it difficult to advise on what to buy.  Instead, let’s discuss how to buy (1).

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Apr 252011
 

We now jump forward to the 1930s.  It was in this decade, between two World Wars, that the myth of gianduia was defined.  Though a number of historical factors converged to elevate gianduia in this period (some of which will be discussed in Part 17), two of the key players were Walter Bächstädt and Paolo Audiberti (1).

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Apr 182011
 

The Napoleonic myth does not hold water (Part 4).  The thirteen-year-old Michele Prochet did not invent gianduia in 1852 (Part 9).  The best evidence for Prochet, Gay & Co.’s invention in 1865 is an unsubstantiated statement by Prochet’s company over thirty years after the fact, which openly acknowledges that the claim was contested (Part 13).  The tales of gianduia’s naming first appeared over sixty years after the fact and are riddled with internal and external inconsistencies (Part 14).  So where does that leave us?

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Apr 112011
 

The story of gianduia’s naming is as common as that of its creation.  As with the prevailing account of its 1865 origin, the naming myths are also traceable to Succ. Caffarel Prochet & Co.

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Apr 042011
 

If the first gianduiotto appeared during the politically pivotal 1865 carnival season, it would contribute significantly to the confection’s legend, associating it with Gianduia’s symbolic reconciliation of the Turinese with Vittorio Emanuel II in the interest of the Risorgimento.  But did it? Continue reading »