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Rita Monastero
I pani dimenticati

27 July 2015

“Behind every loaf of bread there’s a history. And this history speaks to us of the past and of customs that seem remote in time, but then, when you tot things up, you realize that they’re just round the corner”: these are the words with which Rita Monastero begins her I pani dimenticati (“Forgotten Breads”), an enchanted archive of loaves and flat breads from the glorious past. The book is an exploration of the Italian art of bread making. Every ball of dough resounds with distant echoes, curious ingredients, memories of long-ago migrations or family rituals, like the tradition of “stamping” the bread with your own seal in order to be able to find it among dozens of similar loaves. Even the form plays a key role. Very quickly, in fact, rolls turn into roses, daisies and plaits and fill up with curls and spirals, giving rise to a minor branch of sculpture intended for collective consumption. From this inventory of material culture emerges the portrait of a multifaceted country, characterized by a myriad recipes. The apparent simplicity of a mixture of water, yeast and flour gives way to an entire system of communication: once you have learned how to read it, you will discover that behind an aroma, a crust or a crumb (dry, wet, with small or large holes) is concealed a world of timeless rituals and skills. Published by Feltrinelli Gribaudo.

Pizza Ebraica

Pizza Ebraica.

Rormienti

Rormienti.

Crescia sotto la cenere.

Crescia sotto la cenere.

Ciammelle d'acqua.

Ciammelle d’acqua.

Pupazza Frascatana.

Pupazza Frascatana.

Colaz o Pane di San Valentino.

Pane di San Valentino.

Pan De Figo.

Pan De Figo.

Libum.

Libum.

Casata di Pontecorvo

Casata di Pontecorvo.

I Pani Dimenticati.


Anna Lagorio

A journalist, she likes weird thoughts and brilliant stories, and writes about them for various publications, including D La repubblica delle donne Wired and the Sunday supplement of Il Sole 24 Ore. In the past, she has been involved with contemporary art projects for children. In her free time she does yoga, plays the accordion and goes to the park with her little girl.


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