The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570): L'arte Et Prudenza D'un Maestro Cuoco

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University of Toronto Press, 2008 - 787 pagine
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Bartolomeo Scappi (c. 1500-1577) was arguably the most famous chef of the Italian Renaissance. He oversaw the preparation of meals for several Cardinals and was such a master of his profession that he became the personal cook for two Popes. At the culmination of his prolific career he compiled the largest cookery treatise of the period to instruct an apprentice on the full craft of fine cuisine, its methods, ingredients, and recipes. Accompanying his book was a set of unique and precious engravings that show the ideal kitchen of his day, its operations and myriad utensils, and are exquisitely reproduced in this volume.

Scappi's Opera presents more than one thousand recipes along with menus that comprise up to a hundred dishes, while also commenting on a cook's responsibilities. Scappi also included a fascinating account of a pope's funeral and the complex procedures for feeding the cardinals during the ensuing conclave. His recipes inherit medieval culinary customs, but also anticipate modern Italian cookery with a segment of 230 recipes for pastry of plain and flaky dough (torte, ciambelle, pastizzi, crostate) and pasta (tortellini, tagliatelli, struffoli, ravioli, pizza).

Terence Scully presents the first English translation of the work. His aim is to make the recipes and the broad experience of this sophisticated papal cook accessible to a modern English audience interested in the culinary expertise and gastronomic refinement within the most civilized niche of Renaissance society.

 

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Indice

Introduction
3
Scappis Opera
27
This translation and commentary
78
Preliminary material
89
BookI
97
Book II
133
Book III
275
Book IV
381
Book VI
535
Appendices
617
Bibliography
668
Persons Mentioned in Scappis Opera
683
Indices
695
Measures
774
Terminology in Reference to the Conclave
784
Copyright

BookV
433

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Informazioni sull'autore (2008)

Terence Scully is a professor emeritus in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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