Thoughts on the Table is back with a new guest, Diana Pinto, and a very special episode. As she describes it, Diana became interested in noting recipe variations across different cookbooks. Incidentally and unexpectedly, this brought her to challenge the concept of authenticity or at least the implication that there’s one true way to cook traditional Italian dishes, a claim that we see so frequently on social media and that risks having a deeply damaging effect.
Diana mentions several cookbooks and authors (though she doesn’t endorse them all necessarily!) Here is a written list for your reference, in order of “appearance”.
- The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
- Anna del Conte
- La Scienza in Cucina e l’Arte di Mangiar Bene by Pellegrino Artusi
- Il Talismano della Felicita` by Ada Boni
- Il Cucchiaio d’Argento / The Silver Spoon
- Sauces and Shapes by Oretta Zanini de Vita
- Popes, Peasants, and Shepherds by Oretta Zanini de Vita
- The Italian Baker by Carol Field
- Le Ricette Regionali Italiane by Anna Gosetti della Salda
- [Thoughts on the Table – 20] Introducing Frank Fariello from Memorie di Angelina
- [Thoughts on the Table – 82] Dissecting Ragù alla Bolognese with Tina Prestia
The music in the episode is by www.purple-planet.com.