Francesca Colombini Cinelli
Una gentildonna ai fornelli
The recipes, the secrets, the food in the house of my grandmother, who for love became a cook.
96 pages, 210 x 145 mm, italian/english
ISBN 978-88-94949-01-8 € 9,00
Francesca Colombini is a “Tuscan from Montalcino” (in Siena thesesubtleties make a difference) and belongs to a family in which everyonehas always left evidence of everything. The author would sometimes go diggingthrough the papers of her paternal grandmother, Elina Colombini Padelletti, in the family archives. Here Signora Francesca has sought out the letters, the memoranda, thenotes left in books or on yellowed photographs of a world gone by, oftentimesmarvelous and heartrending. Especially so in the recipes, scrupulously dividedbetween “those for town” and “those for the country,” as though to underscorethe substantial difference between the two contexts. Because, among otherthings, Elina was a great cook. As a young bride, she had learned to cook outof love for Pio, her refined husband, who was her Pygmalion and her judge. So Francesca Colombini has recomposed these recipe books which are thefruit of continual additions and revisions, almost a diary in recipes, a curiousdiscovery tour through the secrets, moods and flavors of food. Here the author offers us the “Booklet for cooking in town.”