Blogger and cookbook author
The recipes in this book are ridiculous, but it's fascinating to see how what was a joke seem to have permeated into real life. For example, it decreed that there be no more pasta, as it caused lassitude, pessimism and lack of passion - how many people expound carb-free living these days? The recipes in this book are ridiculous, but it's fascinating to see how what was a joke seem to have permeated into real life. For example, it decreed that there be no more pasta, as it caused lassitude, pessimism and lack of passion - how many people expound carb-free living these days? It also proposed that food would arrive rapidly and contain many flavours, but only a few mouthfuls in size - tasting menus, anyone? The most bizarre of the ideas, that food be experienced using all of the senses seems to have culminated in Heston Blumenthal's dish Sound of the Sea which requires one to listen to a recording of ocean waves whilst eating. Purely as a cultural artefact, the Futurist Cookbook makes my Top Ten.
In 1932 Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, proposed a revolution in food. Described by Elizabeth David as a 'publication of preposterous new dishes', The Futurist Cookbook is one of the most unusual books on food published during the twentieth century, written as an artistic endeavour, it flirted with Fascist ideals, and challenged all the rules of previous cooking. It is completely 'out of the box' awe inspiring and that's why I love it so!
Writer, broadcaster and academic
First published as a manifesto in the 1930s, these recipes are completely barmy. Eat an olive, kumquat and slice of raw fennel, while being sprayed with cologne, stroking sandpaper, silk and velvet with your left hand, and listening to Bach and aircraft noise. The Italian Futurists had objectionable political views, but I do admire their eccentricity.
Chef and Food Researcher
Iqbal Wahhab, OBE FRSA, Chief Executive Officer, Roast