Which Pope knew how to throw a party?
October 7, 2010 6:50 PM Subscribe
Help me find this half-remembered anecdote from what I think was a collection of famous chefs or food writers discussing their ideal meals?
posted by grar to Writing & Language (5 answers total)
If it's just some old article of Steingarten, I'm going to smack myself, but I just can't find where this came from. Can't remember if it was something written in the past couple of decades or something more turn-of-the-century (but for some reason I think it was the latter, or earlier). It may have been an article, but I believe it was a book, Physiology of Taste-like but not that work, and I vaguely remember reading it online at least ten years ago. So helpful, I know, sorry. As for the useful information: male writer, who in the paragraphs of interest was describing his ideal meal by waxing rhapsodic about a banquet/"afternoon snack" held by some Renaissance Pope as a small part of the wedding celebration of his niece, involving dozens of elaborate courses and staggering expense. I don't think the larger work was a cookbook, but possibly a chef's (or collection of chefs) memoirs, or those of a gentleman of leisure. Any bells?