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Tortelli di Ceci & Found Treasure - La Scienza in Cucina e L'Arte di Mangiar Bene by Pellegrino Artusi

I had the pleasure of viewing 'Italy Unpacked', the BBC Series which was broadcast last night for the first time.  It is a series about Italian art and cooking - what two better visual delights can you have coming together than this!

Andrew Graham - Dixon a historian and chef Giorgio Locatelli both from the UK explore the country's history, culture, food and of course the beautiful landscape.  In this episode they visited the regions of Emilia - Romagna, Lombardy and Piedmont - where I was born.
This post is by no means a review of the program, but I must say I was delighted to have watched it for its visual beauty and the nostalgic link to my birth country. What made it even more exciting was hearing about the very first cook book written in Italy around the 1800's - La Scienza in Cucina e L'Arte di Mangiar Bene, written by Pellegrino Artusi, which translates as The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well.

Artusi was an Italian banker and businessman, but h…