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The Perfect Egg And Other Secrets by Aldo Buzzi

The Perfect Egg And Other Secrets


The Perfect Egg And Other Secrets by Aldo Buzzi

'The writer who never talks about eating, about appetite, hunger, food, about cooks and meals, arouses my suspicion, as though some vital element were missing in him' Scholarly, playful, idiosyncratic and witty, Aldo Buzzi's The Perfect Egg is an excursion into the food that has obsessed, provoked and intrigued the author through his life. A book of genial and highly refined chat, enriched with personal anecdotes, recipes and quotations from literature and history, it is a tribute to the profound pleasures of food.


'Scrumptious ... The recipes here are almost incidental, stirred in with snatches of travelogue and languorous memoir that set each in time and place'
Mail on Sunday

'Read him on an empty stomach, before a large meal'
Financial Times

'An elegant whisper of a book ... Buzzi has distilled his great breadth of knowledge and experience into so slight a volume, so engagingly, that it must be read and savoured, slowly. Generous, banteringly funny, arch and gently learned'
Kate Colquhoun, Daily Telegraph

'Like being a guest at a long lunch or extended dinner with plenty of wine and convivial company where food, not unreasonably, is the topic of conversation ... Buzzi belongs in a less commercially - driven age where it was enough merely to enjoy the pleasures of food. That, and write about them in an engaging way'
Barclay McBain, Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Aldo Buzzi was born in Como in 1910. He is an architect and an essayist who worked in Italian cinema and as a publisher for many years. Aldo Buzzi lives in Milan. Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) was one of America's best-loved artists, renowned for the drawings that appeared in the New Yorker and for the artwork exhibited internationally in museums and galleries. He and Aldo Buzzi met in architecture school in Milan in the 1930s and remained close friends until Steinberg's death.

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Publication date

1st December 2005


Aldo Buzzi

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


160 pages


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