Red Sauce traces the evolution of popular Italian-American foods like lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and penne alla vodka while seeking the origins of these "red sauce" recipes, debunking myths, and examining how Italians lost their foreign otherness as Americans embraced Italian-American cuisine over the Twentieth century.
About the Author
Ian MacAllen is a writer and book critic. He has written reviews and interviews for Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Rumpus, Trampset, Electric Literature, and Fiction Advocate, with other nonfiction in The Billfold, Thought Catalog, and io9. His short fiction has appeared in The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere. His maternal grandfather was born in Bagnoli del Trigno in Molise, Italy and his maternal grandmother's family was from Naples and Sicily. He is descended from a line of Sicilian Strega. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.