Eating Pages. The pleasures of the text and the pleasures of the palate

Prof. Beatrice Collina

cucina casanatenseThe pleasures of the text  and the pleasures of the palate blend together, as if writing and feeding expressed analogous biological needs. Food takes on a symbolic role and a metaphorical meaning of far-reaching The pleasures of the text  and the pleasures of the palate blend together, as if writing and feeding expressed analogous biological needs. Food takes on a symbolic role and a metaphorical meaning of far-reaching scope. Together, food and knowledge (consciousness?) form a connection that lies at the origin (heart?) of civilization. For Italians this connection represents memory, culture, and tradition. This connection explains the foundations of actual lived life; it is intimately related to the sense of family and social relations, to the sphere of the affections, to our deepest relations—the first of which is the relation to the mother—to eros which stirs the primary senses of taste, touch and smell. Food and cooking punctuate the temporal rhthyms of ritual and the sacred. We will encounter dishes that help focus on the solution to a difficult police case (Andrea Camilleri’s Commissioner Montalbano), exotic food preparations that hint at other, exquisite pleasures (Italo Calvino, Sotto il sole giaguaro [Under the Jaguar Sun]), and recipes for homecooking which sum up the memory of an entire life (Clara Sereni, Casalinghitudine). We will also investigate why The Art of Eating Well coincides in Italy with The Art of Living Well, as in the title of Pellegrino Artusi’s all-time best seller of Italian cooking, La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene.

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