Have you ever tasted porcupine meat with tomato sauce or char-grilled fox thigh? Probably not. And not even turtle soup and stewed squirrel. Perhaps your parents or grandparents did: these delicious courses were part of the Italian culinary tradition. However, no one would ever serve them to his guests today. But, where is it written that you can eat certain animals and cannot eat certain others? Laws on this matter are different from place to place as well as customs, traditions, and history. Taste changes with the passing of time, and today some recipes have become a classic for Sunday lunch, while you cannot even name others.
Perhaps it depends on the confidence we have with certain animals. We would never eat the dog that wagged its tail around us, or the cat that rubbed its face against our legs, even though sometimes our animal friends too were considered worth eating by someone. Sometimes you just have to go out of our cities to find some of the courses described in this book: tasty, inconceivable and forbidden dishes.
In the long introduction, the author comments upon the food habits of ancient populations and most recent customs. The introduction is followed by fifty recipes accompanied by colour images by Marta Manetti.
1st edition: February 2012
1st reprint: February 2019PDF format