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A Copper Artisan’s “Rememberance of things Past”

alexrander | May 8, 201902:47 PM     5

I found this delightful story while browsing internet images. I was intrigued with the photo of what was likely a thin copper pot simmering with an aluminum plate beneath it, as a sort of heat tamer. It led to a cooking blog that was in Italian, but the writer also offered their own translation to English.

....A few sentences may establish the flavor of the writing:
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“Once my grandfather told me something that left a mark on me. “Francesco, I’ve seen the nineteenth century“....

“It is my childhood. Copper has an acrid dry smell that many people do not appreciate, but it is my Proust’s madeleine. It calls to mind mixed up images, all set in a past summer: a crowd of people, playing cards on a table, a watermelon in a bucket”...

“Artisanal work sometimes is idealised, we often lose contact with what is the true reality of craftsmanship: a very hard and tiring job, which involves many sacrifices and a lot of commitment. The truth is that nowadays craftsmanship benefits from a sort of “moral superiority” that is very often unjustified compared to industry.”...

Copper is making a comeback. A chat with Francesco from Bottega Donnini and a barley risotto with fava beans - Juls' Kitchen

A friend told us about this ninety-year-old gentleman who made beautiful copper pots in his old-fashioned workshop near Pistoia, then life, by chance...

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