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L'arte della cucina
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This is the story of the world-famous chef, Gualtiero Marchesi, who's considered to be the founder of modern Italian cuisine. Here, he tells his story together with other experts in the field and acquaintances with stories to tell. His cooking style is a mix of traditional cooking and modern technology, and he puts emphasis on the quality of the raw materials. Art and music have always been an important part of his life, and indeed, one of his aims is for every dish he puts on the table to be a work of art.

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L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 1

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We open a new chapter in L’arte della cucina (the Art of Cooking). Here the focus is on Milan, and the fruit and vegetable market where it all starts.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 2

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Gualtiero Marchesi talks about the hotel/restaurant his parents opened in Milan. He describes what it was like back in the Fifties.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 3

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Our chef tells how his passion for cooking was born, and what books he used as examples.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 4

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Gualtiero Marchesi has been described as growing up in a pot. While training under the eye of his mother, he began to specialize in tavola calda e fredda (hot and cold food service) which, usually connected with a bar, offers quality ready-to-eat dishes. La Cucina Italiana (Italian Cooking) is a periodical that's been on newsstands since 1929. Paola Ricas, who was an editor there, shares a special moment in its history.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 5

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Gualtiero Marchesi tells us a bit about when he discovered "haute cuisine" in a famous hotel school in Switzerland.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 6

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Gualtiero Marchesi, together with his friend Medagliani, figured out how to invent new kinds of pots and pans to make the most of his new recipes.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 7

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Giovanni Ballarini talks about what the kitchens of Italian restaurants were like in the fifties and sixties. To make sense of how he describes them, see Yabla lesson Parole Alterate - Modifying Words to Create New Ones, as well as video lesson Marika spiega: Parole alterate. Gianni Mura talks about some of the trends found on restaurant menus today.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 8

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Marchesi had plenty of artist friends, and that meant late nights, while having a restaurant meant getting up at the crack of dawn to go to the market. How did he do it?

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 9

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Artist Nanda Vigo, a friend of Gualtiero Marchesi's, tells us what it was like to be an artist back in those days, and how Marchesi was involved.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 10

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Massimo Montanari, an expert in historical food studies, discusses the role of women in the development of regional cooking.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 11

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In Italian families, the role of women has always been one of fundamental importance. Women were able to create wonderful meals with humble ingredients, but as talented as they might have been, their place was in the home, running the family, not travelling abroad learning haute cuisine.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 12

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Marchesi talks about how much he learned from just being around great chefs who happened to be relatives, but also how much he learned from books. There are also some interesting opinions about why most great chefs are male!

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 13

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Milan, as it became an important center for gastronomy and publishing, relinquished, at the same time, part of its regional identity.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 14

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Various experts talk about their memories of Milan back in the fifties: Sunday morning rituals of getting pastries from the "best," bars, eating big meals twice a day, the cathedral square with its tram and neon lights, and so forth.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 15

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Italian cuisine in the fifties reflected both the economic prospering, and the cultural growth of a population that had also begun opening up to new horizons through the birth of tourism.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 16

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Being a man of culture as well as an expert chef, Gualtiero Marchesi has found himself being inspired by artists. He talks of dripping food onto a platter, much as Jackson Pollock would drip paint onto a canvas.

L'arte della cucina - La Prima Identitá - Part 17

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Gualtiero Marchesi describes both his old and the new versions of Pollo Kiev (Chicken Kiev). Relatively simple and tasty, especially if you like butter!

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