[Sca-cooks] Historical food Book review- From the art of the Medicis to the tables of today

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Wed Nov 18 12:53:10 PST 2009

  is what it looks like.

It's a gift shop book. One of those you pick up on the way out
of the museum or giftshop.

Very pretty but not essential. And yes I do own it.

On Nov 18, 2009, at 2:11 PM, Raphaella DiContini wrote:

>> From the art of the Medicis to the tables of today
> I was shopping briefly at Powell's on Sunday and one of my friends  
> handed me this book, we were in a rush and it looked promising so I  
> scurried on book in hand.
> I found the layout to be somewhat visually appealing, but confusing.  
> The pictures are gorgeous but unfortunately not dated. There is an  
> index of artists in the back, but it still doesn't offer even a  
> tentative date of the images, just the lifespan of the artist, and  
> all of those are post 1600. The recipes offered are nominally tied  
> to each of the images offered, but that's not made very clear by  
> layout and no other period references or sources for recipes are  
> given.
> I found this book to be charming, but useless to me as a reference  
> for pre-1600 food research, and would be dubious of it as a source  
> for the later times listed as no information is given as to how they  
> chose to extrapolate the recipes from the images (and I know there  
> are sources available that could easily have been referenced).  
> However, at $10.00 and with recipes for things like Nutaco (a lovely  
> addictive Italian nougat candy), wild rose hip jam, duck breast with  
> peaches, sweet pickled cherries, quince jam, little pastry baskets  
> with crayfish rissoles, Limoncello, and many others, I think it's a  
> charming addition to my general cookbook collection.
> In joyous service,
> Raffaella
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