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Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. My impression was that the persistence of small, specialty food shops, and the willingness to spend the time shopping in them, reflected greater appreciation for and insistence on freshness and quality in food. I think it is still prevalent in France as well as Italy, and probably other countries as well. It is easier to do in a densely populated city where people walk instead of drive from store to store. Personally, I would give a lot to be able to buy good bread at a bakery.

  2. Bill says:

    I agree w/ Jennifer. As a slow food member and Italian food afficionado, Italians take great pride in the freshness and quality of their ingredients/food items. As Moraio Batali always says, the cooking culture there is a culture of grandmas and not professional chefs and they feel they are entitled to the best, highest quality things in each respective store. The thought of the supermarket is just alien, where you get meat wrapped in cellophane on toilet paper to absorb the blood, where chicken is soaked in water to increase the weight, and where they have a nerve to charge $6.00 for moldy “organic” strawberries. Many Italians (or at least used to as it may be fading w/ newer generations) even make their own specialty items like prosciutto or other cured meats and the like. Some of the best wines are teh ones or made by the local restaurants (usually classified as vino di tavola). How do you get the best cheese? Go to a cheese shop. The best culatello? Go to a salumeria.

    And it is easier to get around to the many shops as they are much closer together in tight city centers. It takes only a short amount of time to walk from one end of Florence to the other. I live in NJ and to get specialty items to make an Italian feast, I have to go to Murray’s, Whole Foods, Biellese Salumeria etc… I have to go to two different stores soemtimes to get the olive oils I like. Not very feasible here and probably cost prohibitive.

  3. Matt says:

    When you get back to Philadelphia make sure you go to some of the many farmer’s markets around the city. My favorite is the Clark Park market. Fresh foods from local farmers and producers, wonderful stuff, not too high of prices, etc. You can get some of the goodness right here.

  4. Larry says:

    Lived in Italy 3 years, Belgium for 2. Your guess is right – you simply aren’t going where the Italians go to shop. There are some big stores on the outskirts of Roma, Napoli, and many other cities, but tourists don’t get there since they don’t have the ancient sights/sites most of them are visiting. Nor do most tourists go looking for them. There are also bigger stores in city centers but think 7-11, not Wally-World. And, Bill, I wouldn’t get to excited at the ‘cooking culture.’ I’ve had too many mediocre meals in Italy and many other Euro-stops.

  5. Concerned Student says:

    To Joe: The reference to the professor in your comment is a senior associate dean at the unaccredited Drexel Law School. Does he have tenure/promotion power over colleagues? If so, does “the relationship” create morale, ethical, legal and accreditation conflicts for Drexel? Do you know if Drexel is aware of this?

  6. Concerned Student says:

    To Joe: The reference to the professor in your comment is a senior associate dean at the unaccredited Drexel Law School. Does he have tenure/promotion power over colleagues? If so, does “the relationship” create morale, ethical, legal and accreditation conflicts for Drexel? Do you know if Drexel is aware of this?

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