Culinary Luminaries: Pellegrino Artusi, The First Italian Cookbook Author

On Thursday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m., in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, the Food Studies program and the James Beard Foundation will present a panel celebrating the life and work of Pellegrino Artusi, a foundational figure of Italian cuisine, on the 100th anniversary of his death. Artusi’s 1891 cookbook, The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well, was a turning point in the history of Italian food, establishing a national culinary canon and creating a common culinary language for the newly unified country. His impact on Italian cooking is unmatched to this day.

Moderated by Fabio Parasecoli, coordinator of the New School Food Studies Program, panelists include: Michele Scicolone, cookbook author; Roberto Ludovico, professor of Italian literature, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Mitchell Davis, vice president of the James Beard Foundation; and chef Cesare Casella, dean of the Italian Culinary Academy.

Admission to this event is $5 and free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID. Audience members who attend the panel can buy tickets at the membership price of $155 per person for a dinner that will be held following the event at the James Beard House at 167 West 12th Street. Chef Marc Vetri and his culinary colleagues from his celebrated Philadelphia restaurants will reinterpret classic Italian cuisine. To reserve for this special dinner, contact the James Beard House at 212.627.2308, use the code NEWSCHOOL and please present your ticket stub at the door that evening.