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The Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables of Italy : An Offering to Lucy, Countess of Bedford (Paperback)

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This is a new edition of a classic of early seventeenth-century food-writing. The book was written by the Italian refugee educator and humanist Giacomo Castelvetro who had been saved from the clutches of the Inquisition in Venice by the English ambassador, Sir Dudley Carleton in 1611. When he came to England, he was horrified by our preference for large helpings of meat, masses of sugar and very little greenstuff. The Italians were both good gardeners, and familiar with many varieties of vegetable and fruit that were as yet little known in England. He circulated his Italian manuscript among his supporters, dedicating it to Lucy, Countess of Bedford, herself a keen gardener and patron of literature. Gillian Riley's translation of this hitherto unpublished document has been recognized as being fluent, entertaining and accurate from its first appearance in 1989. Castelvetro takes us through the gardener's year, listing the fruit and vegetables' as they come into season, with simple and elegant ways of preparing them. Practical instructions are interspersed with tender vignettes of his life in his native, city of Modena, memories of his years in Venice and reminiscences of his travels in Europe.

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Publisher Prospect Books
Mfg Part# 9781903018644
SKU 212486946
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1903018641
Release Date 3/1/2012
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