The Heritage of Italian Cooking

The Heritage of Italian Cooking

by Lorenza De'Medici, Medici Lorenzo De
     
 
The author has compiled recipes from historic menus, ancient diaries, and early classic cookbooks. This old-world cookery, gathered from every region of Italy, is complemented by over 260 color photos and 150 art reproductions. An incredible book!

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The author has compiled recipes from historic menus, ancient diaries, and early classic cookbooks. This old-world cookery, gathered from every region of Italy, is complemented by over 260 color photos and 150 art reproductions. An incredible book!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This dignified oversize volume may better reign over a coffee table than perch on a kitchen counter, where the slip of an eager cook could mar its august beauty. Queenly color illustrations dominate, with sleekly styled photos of all recipes, as well as reproductions of paintings and prints that depict Italian cooking and eating through the ages. Despite a disappointing translation, the text is a bewitching combination of food history and recipes. We learn that Horace liked his pasta with leeks and chickpeas, and that one Renaissance cookbook advised radicchio for those ill with venereal diseases. De' Medici ( The Renaissance of Italian Cooking ) has mined historical cookbooks, reprinting original recipes along with contemporary interpretations. Fifteenth-century directions for making a pie of live birds--``you set the pie before some gentlemen and ladies, if you wish to have a little fun, and when they open the pie the . . . birds will fly away''--are accompanied by an updated version using a dozen carefully cooked quails. Although the modern recipes inconveniently measure ingredients by weight, they are temptingly toothsome. Author tour. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394588766
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/05/1990
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.95(w) x 13.51(h) x 0.98(d)

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