Panettone or pudding, the English and Italians cook for holidays
Days ago, English supermarket chain Waitrose announced that sales of panettone in the UK had risen by 24% and department store giant Selfridges confirmed the trend, revealing that for several years the Italian Christmas cake was preferred over traditional pudding of England. The Times' food editor, Tony Turnbull, disputed the statistics and, in an article, attacked panettone, making it clear that he did not like it at all.
"Enough with the panettone! I suspect (and hope) that the sales figures don't tell the whole true story. For starters, lots of people still make Christmas pudding, while nobody makes their own panettone at home, so don't count the aficionados of old-fashioned pudding, because they make it themselves and buy it. Moreover, we all know that the charm of panettone, with its beautiful packaging, lies not in eating it, but in giving it as gift".
Unhappy, Turnbull also escalated the issue.
"Aperitif together? Take a panettone. Gift for a colleague? Take a panettone. A thank you to the dog sitter? Have a panettone.”
The journalist was not satisfied with that. He listed all the faults of panettone. According to him, it is too sweet and too heavy as a dessert.
Then the Corriere della Sera (Italian newspaper) responded by considering the article one-sided, since according to them it only said the weak points of the Italian dessert and not the English one.
"It is a shame that panettone, a long-lasting dessert, is reviled like this. So Turnbull was a bit too biased in his writing because he criticized the Italian dessert without specifying whether it was artisanal or industrial. And there is a fundamental difference between these two," writes Corriere.