‘Artus's book stands with Manzon's great novel, I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), and the music of Verdi as works that not only are great unto themselves but represented a sense of identity and self-worth to a nascent country with no nationalistic feeling ... Artusi chose to give Italians their definition by telling them how they ate ... Anyone who seeks to know Italian food avoids Artusi at his or her peril. He is the fountainhead of modern Italian cookery.’
‘One of the defining documents of what it means to be Italian.’
‘A landmark work in Italian culture.’
About the Author
is a professor in the Department of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles.Murtha Baca
is head of the Standards and Vocabulary Programs at the Getty Research Institute.