The entire cucina (cooking repertoire) of Tuscany is said to revolve around this one essential food. What is it?

A. Polenta

B. Tomatoes

C. Balsamic Vinegar

D. Beans


Tuscan cooking is some of the humblest in Italy—it’s poor people’s cuisine. The entire cucina of Tuscany is said to revolve around beans; they are commonplace in scores of regional recipes. When other Italians want to be derogatory, they call the Tuscans by their age-old nickname: mangiafagioli, “bean eaters.”

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