AND IT’S ARRIVED! The first book was waiting for me at work this morning. And what a beauty it is! It’s bright red colors with gold lettering just screams royalty. It’s just begging me to open it and start cooking. But oh dear me….This is not your 21st century cookbook!
“Il Talismano della Felicita” was first published in 1929 as a compilation of recipes Ada Boni had published during her time as a writer for the women’s home economics magazine “Preziosa.” It is, as far as I can tell, one of the few cookbooks that most Italians had in their houses at that time.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article. In the article, a woman reads a fashion magazine; the man reads a cookbook. Both are setting themselves up for disappointment. According to the author, both fashion magazines and cookbooks are illusory. The dress that she buys because she saw it in a magazine will never look as ravishing on her as it did on the model, and the food he cooks will never be quite as tasty as the pictures on the page. In cookbooks, “words…become tastes” but “a space exists between what the rules promise and what the cook gets.” These days food trends can change almost daily. One year the Dutch oven will be the Christmas gift everyone must buy; the next year, everything we make must include fondue. With every new food trend came a new cookbook and with every new cookbook comes fresh disappointment.