[Sca-cooks] Cookbooks for Beginners

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Mon Jun 2 15:20:19 PDT 2008

I jumped ahead on this thread (good thing) because I was about to say  
EXACTLY the same thing.

If you are doing Martino corpus work get the CD-rom.
The California Press translation is not as good as Riley's (although  
both make some interesting choices) and the extras on the CD are  
The introduction (which is the best part) to the Parzen translation  
can be found on the web here http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/ 

As Johnnae mentions below Benporat for the true completist as well as  
the various De Honestas (last five books based on Martino), the  
Italian and Englsih versions of the Epulario and the Vatican and Riva  
del Guarde manuscripts on microfilm! :) OK so maybe that is going a  
bit to far. The Neapolitan is a must have but as has been mentioned  
before is REALLY badly organized.

There are also two other manuscripts related to Martino in England,  
one at the British Library and one Sheffield, I will be reviewing  
both this fall.



Food is life. May the plenty that graces your table truly be a VAST  

David Walddon
david at vastrepast.com

On Jun 2, 2008, at 2:21 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:

> And if you are doing Martino there's also the very nice CD-rom edition
> http://www.octavo.com/editions/mrtlac/
> Martino: Coquinaria (Edition, 1 CD) 1-891788-83-3
> Commentary by Gillian Riley,
> - Foreword by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse
> - Essay: Maestro Martino’s Cookery Book and Its Manuscripts, by  
> Bruno Laurioux
> Searchable, cross-linked English translation of the Italian text by  
> Gillian Riley
> - Note on the calligraphy by Paul Shaw
> - Magnify up to 400%
> It's nice to have both in one's collection and of course the true  
> completist will also
> want Claudio Benporat's works that feature Martino too. Those can  
> be purchased
> and shipped in from Italy.
> Johnnae
> Doc wrote:
>> Thanks for the info on this.  As I said before, I
>> generally don't do Italian, so it can be hard for me
>> to keep up with things.  I'll have to take a look at
>> AoC ... and maybe buy a copy.
>> - Doc
>> --- Barbara Benson <voxeight at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> I completely forgot about Italy (as usual, sorry).
>>>> The Neapolitan Recipe Collection: Cuoco Napoletano
>>>> - Doc
>>> If I were going for a manuscript as opposed to an
>>> overview this is not
>>> the book I would purchase. For the cost I,
>>> personally, do not think it
>>> is worth it. Instead I would get
>>> The Art of Cooking
>>> Maestro Martino
>>> # ISBN-10: 0520232712
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