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Futurist Cookbook

(On the Table #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Chronicle Books (CA) (first published 1932)
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Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Robinson
Feb 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Italians against pasta! How perfect is that as well as meals that are totally pornography as well as an aesthetic. I like the idea of having perfume sprayed in the dining area. As a vegetarian, I cringed while reading the recipes of some of the dishes - but I do like it when Marinetti & Company do their special magic that appeals to one's stomach. Superb document but also this is a beautifully designed book for the book lover
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: con-stant
For the true hostess with the most-est. Menus for all occasions merrily provided. My favorite being the Wedding Banquet featuring poisonous mushrooms.
Sten F.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that is good and interesting in especially two aspects. First, it is an amusing and creative 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 i ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ξεπερασμενο καλλιτεχνικο αστειο που σοβαρευει επικινδυνα σε στιγμες. Αλλα με εναν απελευθερωτικο ενθουσιασμο.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insane, absurd, dark, scary, hilarious. One of the most memorable books I've ever read.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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."
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Neal Barbour
Sep 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Elen Ghulam
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Uneven. Some parts were super fun, others were boring and repetitive.
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
its the ONLY cook book i have actually EVER used.

Warren Moeckel
Delightful. Too bad the Italian Futurists were all Fascists, though.
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Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti was an Italian ideologue, poet, editor, and founder of the Futurist movement.

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