Da Vinci's Kitchen by Dave Dewitt
A Secret History of Italian Cuisine

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Part history, part biography, and part cookbook, this fascinating exploration of an as-yet unexamined facet of Leonardo da Vinci's life focuses on what and how he ate. Da Vinci lived to be 67—nearly twice the average life span at the time—and his longevity may well have been due to his diet, which is reconstructed here complete with his notes on ingredients, portions, cooking, drinking, and kitchen inventions. The great artist, scientist, and inventor was no slouch in the kitchen, having worked as a kind of theatrical caterer, producing feasts with extravagant menus for royalty. This book unlocks his cooking code and the food history of his day, bringing 30 recipes up to date, including da Vinci's own salad dressing and an exotic saffron risotto with duck and mushrooms fit for a Medici.

About Dave Dewitt

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Dave Dewitt is the author of more than 30 books, mostly on the subject of chile peppers and spicy foods, including the best-selling The Whole Chile Pepper Book. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Published December 11, 2006 by BenBella Books. 214 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Though it seems the title of this book is a bid to profit by association with a certain global bestseller—the topic of “Leonardo's Larder” takes up just one chapter—it's easy to forgive thi

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