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  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This is a rather bizarre offering from one of the pioneers of the futurist movement. It provides some of the most strange recipes I have ever read and is primarily a plea/demand for Italians to give up eating pasta because it leads to bloatedness and idleness and is not good for the spirit. There's a great deal that's Avant Garde, and slightly surreal. Unfortunately there is a significant amount of misogyny and racism and as this comes from the late 20s and early 30s, a support for fascism. It's This is a rather bizarre offering from one of the pioneers of the futurist movement. It provides some of the most strange recipes I have ever read and is primarily a plea/demand for Italians to give up eating pasta because it leads to bloatedness and idleness and is not good for the spirit. There's a great deal that's Avant Garde, and slightly surreal. Unfortunately there is a significant amount of misogyny and racism and as this comes from the late 20s and early 30s, a support for fascism. It's all about novelty and shock and the setting for the food is as important as the food. There may also be an element of prank about it, but it seemed to be taken perfectly seriously at the time. Let me give you a little flavour: "A Simultaneous Dish (formula by the futurist aeropoet Marinetti) Chicken aspic, half of it studded with squares of raw young camel meat, rubbed with garlic and smoked, and half studded with balls of hare meat stewed in wine. Eat this by washing down every mouthful of camel with a sip of acqua del Serino and every mouthful of hare with a sip of Scira (a non-alcoholic Turkish wine made with must)" Raw meat of various types is fairly common in the recipes. There's also quite a focus on flying and some of the meals are supposed to be eaten in aeroplane cockpits. Here's another example: "Sicilian Headland (formula by the Futurist Aeropainter Fillia) Chop together tuna, apples, olives and little Japanese nuts. Spread the resulting paste on a cold egg and jam omelette." There's a great deal more like this and certainly some of it reminded a little of what Heston Blumenthal has been doing. I didn't like the political philosophy and after a while the recipes and settings just become boring, but it is an interesting period piece.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    so so so so wonderful! helps to understand how fascism was able to thrive. a heroic aesthetic movement full of dangers. so many of the ideological tenets have deplorable material consequences, but their prose is enchanting. as if gravity were a whimsical joke whose punchline is a fiery death, and they are hanging in the air along some swoopy trajectory looking for a laugh

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Robinson

    I got this book to look at the art. The cover's good, but most of the interior is bleckh. The Italian Futurist movement was about art, but also about extreme politics and all the really fun stuff going on over there in the early 20th Century. War as hygiene, dynamism, misogyny, urbanism, flag-waving blah blah blah. Creeped me out a little that the stridency of the language, the sculpting of women figures in meringue-coated metal, the false and frenzied patriotism culminating in WWI is too damn c I got this book to look at the art. The cover's good, but most of the interior is bleckh. The Italian Futurist movement was about art, but also about extreme politics and all the really fun stuff going on over there in the early 20th Century. War as hygiene, dynamism, misogyny, urbanism, flag-waving blah blah blah. Creeped me out a little that the stridency of the language, the sculpting of women figures in meringue-coated metal, the false and frenzied patriotism culminating in WWI is too damn close to pop culture in 2011. The War to End All Wars sort of put a stop to the Italian Futurists. But jolly ol' Marinetti brought it back after the war, and before the next - il secundo Futurismo. What a card!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    The afterword declares that this book is at least partly a joke. I'm not sure about that, but I personally find it funnier to believe that Marinetti meant every word. There's certainly something funny about futurism in general. Not the fascism, misogyny and racism, obviously, but the combination of vertiginous arrogance and child-like naivete, and the boyish enthusiasm for anything to do with aeroplanes, speed and war make for some hilarious moments. Sometimes the intellectual posturing takes cen The afterword declares that this book is at least partly a joke. I'm not sure about that, but I personally find it funnier to believe that Marinetti meant every word. There's certainly something funny about futurism in general. Not the fascism, misogyny and racism, obviously, but the combination of vertiginous arrogance and child-like naivete, and the boyish enthusiasm for anything to do with aeroplanes, speed and war make for some hilarious moments. Sometimes the intellectual posturing takes centre stage to the extent that the descriptions of the food, most of which are relegated to an appendix as if an afterthought, are slightly disappointing, and need to be padded with purple prose and provocative declarations in order to make them seem modern and daring, when in fact many of them are just artistically arranged plates of rice or meat with the occasional incongruous slice of fruit. It's also revealing to see how many of the ideas presented as surreal and shocking in 1930 are now used regularly in molecular gastronomy establishments (the presentation; the attempts to involve all the senses; the use of wit and references). But there are some interesting ideas here, including the assertion that Italian cuisine is far too in thrall to pasta which is too heavy, boring and lacking in nutritive value.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Muna

    For the true hostess with the most-est. Menus for all occasions merrily provided. My favorite being the Wedding Banquet featuring poisonous mushrooms.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Alexander

    Really interesting use of the form and worth picking up and working through some chunks but it tends to start dragging pretty quickly. The absurd mental pictures it conjures up are imaginative but it's more interesting as a primary source to study the gross fascist politics and rhetoric that the Italian Futurists loved so much. You can read in the shock value peppered here that they worshiped art and violence with similar fervor. Really interesting use of the form and worth picking up and working through some chunks but it tends to start dragging pretty quickly. The absurd mental pictures it conjures up are imaginative but it's more interesting as a primary source to study the gross fascist politics and rhetoric that the Italian Futurists loved so much. You can read in the shock value peppered here that they worshiped art and violence with similar fervor.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    As a child I loved to play a game with my younger brother that involved my whipping up a concoction of various condiments and other ingredients from our fridge, and daring him to eat it without knowing what was in it. I kind of feel like Marinetti was playing the same game, only with all of Italy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tobias

    At times it is gloriously surreal and bizarre, which accounts for the relatively high rating. The proto-fascist and nationalistic elements in it are....about what you'd expect, and not exactly the high points of the book. At times it is gloriously surreal and bizarre, which accounts for the relatively high rating. The proto-fascist and nationalistic elements in it are....about what you'd expect, and not exactly the high points of the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Based? p. based. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Björn

    Það er svo örþunn lína milli bráðfyndni og gríðarlegs harms í öllu sem snertir Marinetti. Sérstaklega því hann tók sig svo alvarlega.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yannis

    Ξεπερασμενο καλλιτεχνικο αστειο που σοβαρευει επικινδυνα σε στιγμες. Αλλα με εναν απελευθερωτικο ενθουσιασμο.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Insane, absurd, dark, scary, hilarious. One of the most memorable books I've ever read. Insane, absurd, dark, scary, hilarious. One of the most memorable books I've ever read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ily

    Sfida di lettura - giugno 2018. "Il pranzo perfetto esige: 1. Un'armonia originale della tavola (cristalleria vasellame addobbo) coi sapori e colori delle vivande. 2. L'originalità assoluta delle vivande." Sfida di lettura - giugno 2018. "Il pranzo perfetto esige: 1. Un'armonia originale della tavola (cristalleria vasellame addobbo) coi sapori e colori delle vivande. 2. L'originalità assoluta delle vivande."

  14. 4 out of 5

    dj

    the "futurist dinners" that marinetti wrote are the only thing worth reading here, it's hard to love them given how awful the rest is skip all the other recipes/dinners by other futurists skip all the vile racist / misogynistic rhetoric the "futurist dinners" that marinetti wrote are the only thing worth reading here, it's hard to love them given how awful the rest is skip all the other recipes/dinners by other futurists skip all the vile racist / misogynistic rhetoric

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sten F.

    A book that is good and interesting in especially two aspects. First, it is an amusing and creative guide to cooking and dining traditions of both historical and modern Western custom. Second, it is a looking glass through which one can see the machinations of a Fascist mind. The book is good in showing how Fascism materializes in a non-political field (or maybe how it makes the apolitical political). There is great respect for violence and strength, the casual racial hierarchy which to the fasc A book that is good and interesting in especially two aspects. First, it is an amusing and creative guide to cooking and dining traditions of both historical and modern Western custom. Second, it is a looking glass through which one can see the machinations of a Fascist mind. The book is good in showing how Fascism materializes in a non-political field (or maybe how it makes the apolitical political). There is great respect for violence and strength, the casual racial hierarchy which to the fascists is a given and an objectification of women.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Neal Barbour

    If you have a man dressed in tin foil misting you with a spray of oranges and basil, then you probably lived in Europe during the early 20th century with the other futurists. Marinetti's writing style lilts and tumbles including some of the most bizarre food concoctions I've ever read about. If you have a man dressed in tin foil misting you with a spray of oranges and basil, then you probably lived in Europe during the early 20th century with the other futurists. Marinetti's writing style lilts and tumbles including some of the most bizarre food concoctions I've ever read about.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elen Ghulam

    Uneven. Some parts were super fun, others were boring and repetitive.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David

    its the ONLY cook book i have actually EVER used. excellent.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Warren Moeckel

    Delightful. Too bad the Italian Futurists were all Fascists, though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    [辟邪]

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    Jessica Tom

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    Renata Pappin

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Patty Paine

  31. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Pettman

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    Tim

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    Eleni Karas

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    Damien Peterson

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  46. 5 out of 5

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    Max Renn

  51. 4 out of 5

    Gypsy3x4

  52. 5 out of 5

    doreen

  53. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  54. 4 out of 5

    Joel

  55. 5 out of 5

    Stevphen Shukaitis

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