PRINT November 1989


Edible Art

The Futurist Cookbook, by F.T. Marinetti, introduction by Lesley Chamberlain, translation from the Italian by Suzanne Brill. San Francisco: Bedford Arts, 1989, 160 pp., 40 photographs and line drawings, $29.95 cloth, $19.95 paper. (The recent reprint edition of La Cucina Futurista [Milan: Longanesi & Co., 1986] attributes authorship jointly to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti [1876–1944] and Fillìa, pseudonym for Luigi Colombo [1904–1936]

. . . men think, dream and act according to what they eat and drink.

—Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

FUTURIST CUISINE WAS LAUNCHED by F. T. Marinetti from a radio microphone on the table of the Penna d’Oca restaurant in Milan in 1930. His “Manifesto of Futurist Cooking” quickly followed. Culinary experiments and lively debates that ensued in the press culminated in La Cucina Futurista in 1932. Authored by the “caffeine of Europe” (Marinetti) and “a saucepan always on

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