The first food blogger in history lived in an era before internet and cellphones. His name was Pellegrino Artusi and, thanks to his mighty work “Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well”, he was and still is one of the fathers of gastronomy both in Italy and beyond.
Artusi’s great achievement was to turn a personal project into a collective enterprise, joined by a wide range of collaborators and an enthusiastic public that sent him thousands of letters – in his library there are over 2000 – with suggestions, instructions, tips. He thus created an inclusive compendium that represents the culture of the bourgeoisie, but also gives space to peasant culture, to the knowledge of and products of the rural population.
It’s no accident “Science in the Kitchen” was one of the most commonly carried books by Italian emigrants to America. Their traditions were contained in that inclusive catalog of knowledge; they recognized themselves in it.
Massimo Montanari, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bologna and teacher of Food History at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, is an internationally-recognized academic researcher.
The Food Talks are a new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it! This Food Talk was produced by the Emilia-Romagna Region.
Event languages: IT, EN