What native of Forlimpopoli promoted la cucina Italiana by his work on the science of cooking and the art of eating?
#97430. Asked by Flem-ish. (Jul 11 08 3:58 AM)
He was the author of the famous Italian cookbook La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiare bene (The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well).
Artusi was born in Forlimpopoli, a town near Forlì, and made his fortune as a silk merchant, but after retiring devoted himself to fine dining.
In 1891, at age 71, he completed his famous cookbook, but could not find a publisher. So he used his own money to self-publish, selling a thousand copies of the first edition in four years. Soon, however, the cookbook caught on, and before Artusi died in Florence in 1911, more than 200,000 copies had been sold.
Filled with amusing anecdotes as well as recipes, the book is a perennial best seller in Italy, and has been translated in Spanish, Dutch, German and English.
Artusi wrote his book entirely in Italian - this at a time when most professional chefs were French-trained, and their books were so sprinkled with French terminology that they were (and are) hard for the uninitiated to follow.
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