Sunday, September 25, 2011


Carpaccio is the name for thinly sliced raw meat. The word was coined in 1950 by Giuseppe Cipriani after the Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio, whose works were being exhibited in Venice that year.


Cipriani believed that the red of the beef matched the colors found in the artist’s paintings.

Adapted from the "365 Words" Page a Day calendar, Workman Publishing.
The sliced meat "Carpaccio" on Wikipedia
The Artist Carpaccio on Wiki
Book: Carpaccio, the Pictorial Cycles


SE said...

Cipriani must've been hungry that day.
The fact that there is a food dish named after a painter gives me an odd new goal to achieve.

Sarah Stevenson said...

I always wondered which came first...

Anonymous said...

GURNEY JOURNEY and we all want to kill you, and let's not pretend we don't.
If it is true what all the blogs are saying, CODESSE is something you are going to dearly pay for....and the courts will make sure of it...with KANSAS KINGS.
Documentations ...and something called " STORK"?
And the fact you all got away with it and profited , and made BILLIONS?
You ,at least, got that right.

James Gurney said...

Michelle, I think you need to eat a little less carpaccio.

Kessie said...

I think that Michelle comment is a spam ... the profile is suspiciously blank. And look at all the keywords.

Otherwise ... wut.

Pyracantha said...

Is that sort of like Lady Gaga's famous "meat dress?"

Livio Cazzulani said...

As an Italian, I can confirm this story, well known in my Country. I add that Cipriani was the owner of the famous Venetian restaurant Harry's Bar and that the exhibition in question was the cultural event of that year.

Combining Art with Food, shouldn't surprise you. For us Italians, Cooking is a form of Art (as well as the Chinese, Japanese and French people). Italian is the chef Gualtiero Marchesi, one of the pioneers of nouvelle cuisine, which provides for the artistic presentation of food, according to the same composition criteria of form and color that follows an illustrator.

Any years ago, it was said that even Leonardo da Vinci was interested in Cooking. He would have invented any machines for kitchen and defined the rules of table etiquette (his would be the invention of the napkin). He would then write a real treaty, known as "Codex Romanoff", but for which there's no proof to establish its authenticity. The book was "translated" into English by Jonathan Routh and published in 1987 entitled "Leonardo's Kitchen Notebooks: Leonardo Da Vinci's Notes on Cookery and Table Etiquette". In it are listed, many recipes and described the behaviors to avoid at the table (don't use the knife to cut the table, don't put your feet on, etc...).

However, this treaty (now translated into several languages), it might be a big Joke: Jonathan Routh, in the 1960's, was a television writer for the English Candid Camera.
Despite this, for we, the idea of the best Italian genius in the kitchen, like a lot ;-)

James Gurney said...

Grazie, Livio!