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The cardinal rule to survival for the fittest has always indicated food as the core to the regulation. Humans for generations, as a result, have considered food to be a necessity rather than a want. Although there are other needs, humans have delved further into food and allied such a requirement with identity and association. This phenomenon is known as ethnic food and food culture (Kwon 2015). According to a study by Tomic et al. (2018, p. 352) on ethnic food, it is estimated that more than 1 billion Americans consume ethnic food per annum compared to other American traditional foods. The reasons are varied and widespread. The positive attitudes parallel negative attitudes due to the association of ethnic foods with culture, heritage, and national origin (Cinotto 2019, p.43). Among them is Italian cuisine which has overpowered other ethnic foods in consumption rates and approachability. To further understand the perception and attitude towards Italian foods, delineation of famous novels, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (1998) and Songbirds, Truffles and Wolves by Gary Paul Nabhan (1993) are necessary to provide an amateur look into the food culture. Therefore, the present paper aims to analyze the attitude that individuals have on foreign food with particular attention to Italian cuisine.

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Microwave vs. Conventional Oven Cooking

The earliest ovens date back to the around 29,000 BC and through centuries of cooking with earth, ceramic, masonry, cast iron, and other materials, today we have two main ovens – the microwave and the conventional oven. The conventional oven was invented in the late 19th century while the microwave oven was not invented until the late 1940s by Percy Spencer. Percy discovered the key to how a microwave works while playing with electricity and accidentally melted a chocolate bar. The microwave became popular in the 1970s.

Both ovens can be used for heating but have very different purposes. The microwave saves time and energy because it cooks food immediately. It is most common in convenience cooking while the conventional oven is better for baking and browning.