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Pellegrino Artusi – Father of Modern Italian Cooking

Italy re-unified in 1870, for the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire, and the modern Republic of Italy dates from that time. And in 1890, the first modern Italian cookbook was published. It was by Pellegrino Artusi, and was called “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiare bene” or “The Science […]

Delia Smith – Mother of Modern British Cooking

British food was world-famous for being dull and sometimes downright plain. Some of the blame goes to the Victorians who prized efficiency above taste. Mrs Beaton’s famous book of Household Management tended to recommend boiling every thing, in contrast to medieval and Tudor cookbooks which featured elaborate cooking full of exotic spices. Everything changed after […]

Marie-Antoine Careme – Father of Modern French Cooking

The French Revolution didn’t just affect the politics of that country – it changed it’s cuisine. Out went the old restrictive chef guilds (which dictated strictly where a chef could work and who could be a chef) and in came a brand new invention – restaurants. Instead of chefs being assigned where they could work […]