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Unlike Artusi, who was basically a talented amateur, Ada Boni was a professional food writer. Each monthly instalment featured recipes that she had collected from all over Italy, albeit with a strong emphasis on her native Lazio and central Italy more generally. Inshe published a compendium of over recipes from her columns—a truly encyclopedic volume that has had an enormous influence over modern Italian cuisine.

Her audience was that educated upper-middle class woman of the time who may have had a housekeeper but could not necessarily afford a cook. And even in those days, this class had pretensions beyond the home. Here is the remarkable opening passage from the Forward of deella first edition of her book:.

Many of you, ladies, may know how to play the piano well or to sing with exquisite grace. Many of you may have prestigious degrees, may speak foreign languages or be pleasant writers or fine painters. Others of you may be master talismaano or golf players, talismmano know how to drive a luxurious automobile with a firm hand.

But, alas, if you examine your conscience, I am certain that not all of you can honestly say that you know how to make a perfectly coddled egg!

Il Talismano is organized roughly according to the usual order of a modern Italian meal:. Most dishes that combine pasta with a vegetable are examples of the use of condimenti.

Il talismano della felicità

None of these salsehowever, are used for pasta except for bechamel for baked pasta dishes. The next chapter is devoted to soups: Boni explains the sometimes subtle differences among these categories.

Creme are not necessarily made with cream—the word refers more to the texture of the soup, and creme are more often than not made from pureed vegetables or legumes sauteed in a soffrito and then diluted with broth, like crema di cannellini.

Most people are familiar with minestronibut perhaps fewer understand how many types there are—Boni devotes an entire chapter to the subject and even so, only scratches the surface. And, finally, zuppe di pesce — fish soups, a chapter that goes on for 15 pages and presents at least as many recipes.

She also covers stuffed pastas—agnolotti, cannellonirotoli di pasta, tortellini —and baked pastas like lasagne including the two Ur-lasagne of Italian cookery: The following, slightly shorter chapters, are devoted to ricegnocchiand polenta. But Boni also includes some unusual recipes—especially for her time—like curried rice and riso con ananas.


Besides the inevitable potato gnocchi, we find flour gnocchi alla Bismarckgnocchi alla romana which she calls gnocchi di semolinospinach and ricotta gnocchi also known as gnocchi verdi or ignudi. Then come felocitcalzoni and savory tortsincluding the classic pizza margherita and many others. The savory torts include the famous torta pasqualina alla genovese Genoese Easter spinach pie and various torte rustiche. Meat dishes follow, including a surprisingly large assortment of beef dishes, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, rabbit and frog, game—including what I think of the most typical Italian game dish, cinghiale wild boar but also venison, of course, and hare, then the famous quinto quarto: The offal dishes include trippa alla romana and other sorts of tripe, liver, sweetbreads, brains, lungs, kidneys…you name it.

Saladsvegetable and bean dishes follow in the next chapter. Suffice it to say, Il Talismano covers the length and breadth of Italian cookery. The recipes, too, are more modern: It is not an exaggeration to say that you can find Il Talismano in just about every Italian kitchen.

Il Talismano—or a version of it—can be found in English. It goes by the name of The Talisman Italian Cookbook and is tslismano from amazon.

Ada Boni: Il Talismano della Felicità

Unfortunately, however, the book is much abridged pages as opposed to the original and contains additional, unauthentic recipes of the Italian-American variety, which the American publishers thought were needed to attract readership. As encyclopedic as Il Talismano was, Ada Boni went on to publish more cookbooks in her lifetime, notably La cucina regionale italianaItalian Regional Cooking, and an ode to the cuisine of her native Rome, La cucina romana.

Here monthly Preziosa continued to publish until She died inat the age of What motivated Ada Boni to produce such a prodigiuos body of work? As the title of her masterwork suggests, she was motivated by talizmano desire to promote happiness since, in her own words:.

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There can be no true happiness if such an essential part of our daily lives as eating is neglected. Cooking is the most gay of arts and the most pleasant of sciences.

Enter your email address below and you’ll receive new posts in your inbox as soon as they’re published, at absolutely no charge. You’ll never miss another recipe! My edition is also from Colombo, but 20 years later, 9th Edition. The chapter with lasagna recipes begins on page Paste al forno. I actually see two Neapolitan lasagne, lasagna di Carnevale and lasagna alla napoletana.

I discovered Ada Boni many years ago. Everything in the book is absolutely perfect. I am a fabulous cook thanks to Ada. I simply love the Italian cuisine as well as my Romanian one. Maybe our common roots have some to say in this love … or maybe that taste for good and healthyremarcable food. I discovered Ada Boni now and here and I must thank you for that. By the way… how is that perfect coddled egg made? You’re welcome, and many thanks for your comment!


Ada Boni is definitely someone worth getting to know…. After reading your post I am determined to cook a few recipes as soon as I can. I just found this post when looking for references to ‘my’ basic cookbook — I am happy to find out it does have at least some of the international recognition it deserves! Thanks for this nice description.

It is a bit sad though that there is no proper English translation of this book, expecially because I think it could be useful even today for anybody who wants to learn the basics of Italian cooking. Well, I’m afraid that Perth is not the only place where the traditional approaches to cooking are being lost!

Not that I’m against innovation, but you need to know where you’ve been if you want to understand where you’re going. And, of course, a lot of taismano just don’t cook at all any more. Fast food is too readily available, cheap and easy. I write again Frank; your review of this classic book was a good read and her approach to cooking, as seen in the quotes you presented, is something we in Perth, Australia have sadly lost—it remains in the home only.

Therefore, your presenting this early cooking book to readers serves a wonderful purpose. Cooking is a craft that can be learned if there is a will to do so and by this tallismano perhaps there will be some young people who will try. We can only hope. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Sign me up for email updates!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Here is the remarkable opening passage from the Forward of the first edition of her dells Il Talismano is organized roughly according to the usual order of a modern Italian meal: As the title of her masterwork suggests, she was motivated by a delal to promote happiness since, in her own words: You might also like Look out for the recipe soon, Mala! Did we whet your appetite?

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