The Politics Of Pizza: How Italy's Flag And Food Are Deliciously Intertwined

A nation's flag can help define its identity. But only one seems to intricately link the history and character of a people to their homeland's fare.

The Italian flag made up of three ingredients that help form the base of the country's cuisine: basil, mozzarella and tomatoes. Source: Leon Goedhart

A nation's flag embodies a defining aspect of its identity. It could be related to geography (the rising sun in Japan), nature (the maple leaf of Canada or the cedar of Lebanon), religion (the Christian cross or the Islamic crescent and star), political ideology (the hammer and sickle) or mythology (the Welsh dragon).

In a new book on flags, A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of National Symbols, Tim Marshall explores how a "piece of colored cloth" can arouse profound emotions of loyalty, love and pride in the breasts of its citizens.

But of all the hundreds of flags that Marshall encounters, there is only one whose exuberant colors effortlessly

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