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5.0 out of 5 stars For the expert in Italian food, history and the Italian language, 16 Nov 2006
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Bernard Smith (Somewhere, Europe) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Le cucine della memoria: Testimonianze bibliografiche e iconografiche dei cibi tradizionali italiani nelle Biblioteche pubbliche statali (Paperback)
This is a massive 3-volume collection bringing together texts from historical book, etc. that mention and describe food and meals from history. It is in Italian and I will admit it is hard going sometimes. But it is also one of the richest descriptions of traditional Italian recipes that exist. This is not some elegant coffee table book that is just waiting to be replaced by the next book you get for Christmas. These volumes are a once and forever collection that you may refer to and use for the rest of your life. As such it is difficult to give a star rating. For almost everyone it would rank a 1-star (don't even think about buying it), but for the few passionate people that want to know all about how Italian food was described in past times this is the only source - and thus it is a 5-star collection. At the end of the day I gave it 5-stars because if you read Italian, love Italian food and are passionate about Italian history then these 3 books will really be the only ones you will need for the rest of your life. I think that if you read Italian and are a professional chef then these books could make you a fortune in some slick and elegant London restaurant. I also have a collection of 4 books in Italian describing cooking from different periods of ancient Italian history, they are more accessible but don't have ISBN numbers. Together they make a fantastic resource.
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