Hey dudes! I just got this amazing book from the library called The Futurist Cookbook, written in the 1930s by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founder of the Italian Futurist Movement. My art history major boyfriend knows a lot more about this kind of thing, but I think all you really need to know is that Futurists are fascists who like to write manifestos.
Here’s his introduction to the book:
“This Futurist cooking of ours, tuned to high speeds like the motor of a hydroplane, will seem to some trembling traditionalists both mad and dangerous: but its ultimate aim, is to create a harmony between man’s palate and his life today and tomorrow.” Oooooooh.
There are a bunch of dinner ideas and recipes in the book (as well as, of course, manifestos), and many of the ideas incorporate breasts or “Negroes” in some way. Many of the recipes are simply lists of ingredients, while others are detailed in their requirements, which may include blasts from a trumpet or “mechanization.” In the following weeks, I hope to recreate some of these dinners and recipes as best as I can, and I’ll definitely post the results on this blog.