Angelo Pellegrini

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Angelo Pellegrini (1904 – 1991) was an author of books about the pleasures of growing and making your own food and wine, and about the Italian immigrant experience. He was also a professor of English Literature at the University of Washington. Pellegrini's family immigrated from Tuscany to McCleary, Washington in 1913 where his father worked for the railroad. His first book was titled Argumentation and Public Discussion, written in 1936 with Brents Stirling. Following this, 12 years later, he wrote The Unprejudiced Palate (1948) This book is an important work in the history of food literature[1] and remains in print.

In 1946, Sunset Magazine published Pellegrini's recipe for pesto, likely the first major publication of a pesto recipe in the United States. Two years earlier The New York Times had first mentioned the sauce, referring to an imported canned pesto paste. The sauce was not immediately embraced by the American public and did not rise in popularity until the 1980s and 1990s.[2]


  • The Unprejudiced Palate (1948)
  • Immigrant's Return (1951)
  • Americans By Choice (1956)
  • Wine and the Good Life (1965)
  • Washington: Profile of a State (1967)
  • The Food Lover's Garden (1970)
  • Lean Years, Happy Years (1983)
  • American Dream: An Immigrant's Quest (1986)
  • Argumentation and Public Discussion (with Brents Sterling) 1936
  • Vintage Pellegrini: the collected wisdom of an American Buongustaio-1990


  1. ^ Hsiao-Ching, Chou (2005-08-24). "Rediscovering Pellegrini: His seminal book set the table for foodies". The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  2. ^ Traverso, Amy (April 2008), "Pesto's premiere", Sunset, p. 116, archived from the original on May 13, 2008