Cookbooks : The best Italian cookbooks of all times!
There are two Italian cookbooks everyone should have on their kitchen shelf and I really wish I had known about them earlier in my life.
I love Italian food and I regard Italian cuisine as one of the top cuisines of the world. Why did it take me so long to discover the two most influential cookbooks ever on Italian cooking? Needless to say, both cookbooks now have a prominent place in our BonVoyageurs kitchen!
The true bible of Italian cooking is the 1891 cookbook by Pellegrino Artusi, “La Scienza in Cucina e l’Arte di Mangiare Bene“. The english translation is titled “Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well”.
The cookbook was published about twenty years after the unification of Italy and was the first cookbook to include recipes from all regions of Italy. Comprised of both recipes and fascinating anecdotes, the book established Pellegrino Artusi as the founder of Italy’s national cuisine.
“Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well” still makes for great reading today and no serious amateur of Italian food should be without this cookbook.
The modern bible of Italian cooking has become the cookbook “Il Cucchiaio d’Argento” (“The Silver Spoon”), first published in 1950.
“The Silver Spoon” has become the best-selling Italian cookbook of all times and is a reference book in all serious Italian kitchens. Many Italian mothers give this cookbook to their daughters when they marry.
The cookbook is a compilation of recipes from all parts of Italy and includes most if not all of the regional specialties.
Both cookbooks are available on Amazon.
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