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The Art of Eating Well: An Italian Cookbook Hardcover – October 15, 1996

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The name Pellegrino Artusi (1820^-1910) means little to the average American cook, but to the late-nineteenth-century Italian housewife, Artusi's La Scienza in Cucina e l'Arte di Mangiar Bene (The Science of Cookery and the Art of Eating Well), was The Joy of Cooking. Artusi rebelled against the ascendancy of French cooking over Italian in its homeland, but he did so at the cost of imposing a Tuscan-Romagnan standard over all Italian cuisine. So profound became his influence over Italian home cooking that regional differences dived underground until reaction only recently set in. The true value of this book, helpfully and affectionately annotated, lies in its precise limning of a turning point in Italian cultural history, when the political unification of a nation also produced a standardization of middle-class household cooking throughout the peninsula. Mark Knoblauch

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679430563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679430568
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is written from the perspective of a serious home cook that has been studying cooking for 25 years and concentrating on Italian cooking for the last 10 years.

This book is targeted to anyone that wants to learn the history of Italian cooking. This book is full of both information and recipes. This was one of my first Italian cookbooks, and is still one of my favorites. This book is an authentic Italian cookbook not the Italian-American type that we are accustomed to in the USA. If you want a good comprehensive book on authentic Italian food this is one of the books that I would recommend.

However, if you are a beginner Italian cook, this is not the book for you. The directions are written for someone that is familiar with the Italian kitchen. The author assumes you have a basic knowledge of the Italian kitchen and typical recipes.

One complaint, and it is minor, is the lack of glossy photographs that I have become so accustomed to in cookbooks. The recipes in this book more than make up for the lack of photographs.

Overall this book is highly recommended for those that are serious about Italian cooking.
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This is the quintessential Italian cookbook, still loved and used all over Italy. Artusi's wit and comments make this book an interesting read, and the recipes make it a valuable resource. Kyle Phillips' translated the book and offers helpful margin notes to explain things the modern reader may not understand or give clarification. Excellent!
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It's wonderfully written, it's translated beautifully and he adds so many other notes to help the reader understand better the way of thinking and how they did things in the Italy of the 1800's. It really brings to life the culture and it's entertaining to read. Great old traditional recipes mostly of the Tuscany region brings back memories of my family that is from Tuscany and I see now where my mom got all her recipes from.
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By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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Excellent historical reference. Before Artusi, there was no national Italian cuisine. Shortly before Artusi, only 5% of Italians spoke Italian. As a cookbook, this is of marginal value as recipes are usually non-specific as to quantity. For those interested in the art of cooking, it is well worth the time.
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By Gina on April 10, 2014
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I bought this book for my Italian father as a Christmas gift and he LOVED it! Not only does he read it and use the recipes, but he displays the beautiful book in his living room.
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Is a hard to find item at a decent price. Was listed as used but looked new. Very satisfied. Fabulous
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Signore Artusi was both cook and philosopher. His book, originally published over 100 years ago, was highly influential in Italy, both in kitchen arts and in language. This English translation is very well done, with translator's informative notes adding to the richness. It's a book to read for enjoyment as well as for recipes to use.
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