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Venice and Food [Hardcover]

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'This is an almost indescribably ethereal work of love that portrays Venice and its food as no other book has ever done. The illustrations are lush, detailed and deeply reflective of not only the look of Venice, but its very soul, its moods, its history-weighted sadness' Italian Food & Wine Magazine , January 1999 In this book, Sally Spector, who is from Chicago and now lives in Venice, takes us on a mouth-watering culinary trip; her historical love affair with food quite literally gives us a taste of Venice. Each page is beautifully illustrated with the text written in her own hand, sharing her personal impressions of this beloved city. It also provides practical Venetian recipes along with the history of Venice and its long relationship with food, and the ingredients are illustrated in stunning pen, ink and pastel drawings. Sally reveals historical anecdotes about Venice, its food, herbs, spices and cooking implements, as well as buildings, warehouses and even various Venetian personalities, su

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Studio: Arsenale Editrice
Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 2006
Publisher   Arsenale Editrice
ISBN  8877431733  
ISBN13  9788877431738  

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More About Sally Spector

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sally Spector grew up in Chicago, attended Chicago Public Schools and earned a bachelors degree at the University of Chicago, specializing in Art History.
From 1967 to 1983 she lived in Montral, Qubec. During that time she exhibited her work in several one-woman shows and participated in numerous invitational, juried and group shows in Qubec, Ontario, USA and France.
Since 1984 she has been living in Venice, Italy. Among various activities, she does art work for some of Italys most prestigious hotels (used for postcards and brochures)and she often teaches art history for American university study abroad programs in Venice.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > History > Europe
2Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Gastronomy > History
3Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > General
4Books > Subjects > Cooking, Food & Wine > Regional & International > General
5Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Italy > General
6Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > How-to & Home Improvements > Household Hints

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Reviews - What do customers think about Venice and Food?

Priceless book.......  Feb 27, 2007
This book is a treasure because all the text is handwritten and the illustrations are fabulous.....there are recipes and a great deal of history & information about Venice. This kind of book will soon be a relic.
A beautiful book of art, history and the character of Venice  Jul 24, 2005
I purchased this book soon after it came out. I found it at the wonderful Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park, California in among the cookbooks. Which makes sense, because, in part Venice & Food is a cookbook. But Venice & Food is two other thing as well: a book about Venice and its history and an art book of Ms. Spector's remarkable drawings of Venice. What is also remarkable about this book is that it is not typeset. The book is entirely written in Ms. Spector's hand printed text and the illustrations are annotated with her script.

Ms. Spector is a wonderful artist and her drawings of Venice are beautiful. The drawings illustrate essays on topics ranging from where Venice gets its fresh water to the history of corn in Europe and Venice. Since this is a cookbook, Ms. Spector also writes about the history of food and cooking in Venice, including a few accounts of modern food. In writing about food and cooking through history, Ms. Spector comments that for the vast majority of people through most of human history, the concern was not about the sensuality of food, but simply having a full stomach.

The beautiful artwork, the observations about Venice, its history and its food are what make this book a treasure. I am sad to say that I read the book cover to cover and did not find a recipe that I wanted to make. Although I will not be using this as a cookbook, I will always treasure the book for its beauty.
I concur! This is a wonderful book!  Aug 29, 2003
If you have ever experienced cichetti in Venice, this book will bring it all back. In addition to the recipes, the illustrations are charming, representative of the real Venice that the average tourist never sees but that those who take the time to learn and love the Serenissima truly cherish.
Beautiful!  Feb 14, 2003
Just another rave review for this beautiful book. If you love Venice, you will love this book. If you know anyone who loves Venice, get them this book as a gift. Sally Spector knows Venice and obviously loves the city. Her drawings and history of details behind the food and recipes is a joy to read and to look at. If you have been to Venice, this book will take you back and get you looking forward to your next trip. In the meantime, you can savor the delicious recipes and the warmth of Venice and Food....
Venice: Charming The Palate  Aug 19, 2002
"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are" Brillat-Savarin declared. Judging by its cuisine, Venice must surely qualify as the ancient and modern day city of princes and artists. Sally Spector vividly brings to life the importance of Venice as the crucial stepping-stone for cuisine in Italy and Europe in "Venice and Food".

Little did I know that world famous dishes such as risotto, polenta, tiramisu and many other delights originate from Veneto and fair Venice - until I read Sally's superb description of their origins. She elegantly evokes the typical dishes of Venice with such accuracy that I could almost smell the aromas while reading her book - especially her enticing descriptions of the "Cuttlefish stewed in its ink" and "Bacala a la Vicentina". Such descriptions of typical Venetian dishes are beautifully interwoven with their historical origins. Even their essential ingredients are traced back to their roots. Who knew that eggplant, the basis for Melanzane al Funghetto, emanates from China?

An additional bonus and particularly attractive aspect of "Venice and Food" are the illustrations throughout the book. They are done by Sally herself who is a talented artist. Moreover, the whole book is written in her own elegant handwriting - a unique and superbly pleasing feature.

In sum, from the minute I picked up this book, I could not put it down until the next day - the first two days of my visit to Venice. It served as a magnificent introduction to Venice - not only the city of romance but also certainly of history and cuisine.

"Venice and Food" is a must read for any food enthusiast!


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