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"The power of an Italian cookbook: the linguistic and gastronomic unity of Italy through Pellegrino Artusi"



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A talk in English, with Professor Cecilia Robustelli.

If you love Italian Cooking then the odds are that you've heard of "La Scienza in Cucina e L'Arte di mangiare bene" (Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well) by Pellegrino Artusi; this amazing volume was first published in 1891 and was reprinted in 15 editions in Artusi's lifetime. It is still considered, today, to be one of the world's most reputable cook books.

Cecilia Robustelli, as a linguist, writer and academic, has studied Artusi's book beyond its impact on the dishes we eat and love today and analysed the impact it has had on the Italian language.

They say that food can bring people together and Academic Cecilia Robustelli will share her findings with us to show how Artusi's book contributed to the gastronomic and linguistic unity of Italy. Perhaps, even more importantly, the role of this cookbook in empowering women to learn to read in an epoque where women were mostly excluded from education.


Cecilia Robustelli

Cecilia Robustelli (Pisa Graduate in Literature; Reading (GB) (Ma, PhD) has carried out scientific and educational activities in England (London Royal Holloway and Cambridge) and USA as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar (Cornell University). She teaches Italian Linguistics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and works with the Accademia della Crusca (the official Italian body which does research into the Italian language). In Michaelmas Term 2016 she was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity Hall, Oxford, and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, University of Oxford. She is in charge of Erasmus exchanges with the universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Ljubljana and Warsaw and is a reference for the Collaboration Agreement with the University of Auckland. 



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An event organised to celebrate the International Week of Italian Cooking

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Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : Free

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