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The Cookbook Club


The Cookbook Club

Saturday 1/27 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

The New School of Cooking Pasadena

Thrilled to start a new Cookbook Club! We will discuss a significant historic cookbook and participate in a hands-on cooking class.

First in the series is De honesta voluptate et valetudine (on Right Pleasure and Good Health) by Vatican librarian Bartolomeo Sacchi, better known as Platina. A best seller after it was published in 1474, it offers advice on diet and health and includes poetry and anecdotes. But perhaps the most interesting thing about it is that it was plagiarized from a 1465 manuscript by Maestro Martino, the pope’s cook. Little known today, Platina’s cookbook was unrivaled for almost 100 years. (Platina is the man show about with bright red sleeves.)

Join Maite to discuss the cookbook and prepare a 6-course meal adapted from its regional recipes. ($115)

Classes meet at The New School of Cooking’s Pasadena campus.
525 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

Though reading the book prior to the class date is not necessary, it is available for sale here.


image 1: Pope Sixtus IV Appoints Platina Prefect of the Vatican Library, Melozzo da Forlì, ca 1477, Vatican Museums