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Thank you Dr Luzzi. You made me fall in love with Italy all over again. I am going to try making a riboletta for my family!
Wonderful, mouth watering talk about the regionality, and personal memories of family favorite dishes.
I love Dr. Luzzi’s conversational way of sharing information. I feel like I am in his living room discussing the topics he talks about. His talk on Italian food was so personal and filled with his memories of taste, flavors, his family. Thank goodness in 2 weeks I shall be in Florence to indulge in “real food”. Grazie Molto Dr. Luzzi. I shall be signing up in the future for every course he teaches. Cinema Paradiso was magical.
This is the 2nd Context class I’ve taken, the first was packed with value and in-depth information. In comparison, Dr Luzzi’s class was abysmal, all but devoid of meaningful information and at times insulting. The class, listed as 90min duration, included a 45 minute “conversation”, poorly prepared with few slides, most of which were Dr Luzzi’s family photos. Class questions took up less than 15 min. Most of the names of dishes were rattled off in Italian with no English translation or word slides. Class content so skimmed the surface that it could be generalized to all peasant cultures that needed to use every bit of the animals they ate. Among other generalities, making blood sausage is far from exclusive to southern Italy. Dr Luzzi shared his inability to enjoy a meal in the American fast food culture, which focuses on monetary table turning, by citing an example of being given a table time limit in a NY restaurant. I have never been given a table time limit and have enjoyed many slow food meals in America. Dr Luzzi shared his family eating experiences with dishes prepared by his immigrant mother, recipes passed verbally through generations, use of fresh seasonal ingredients, the ability to measure ingredients by hand. All of this is also true of my 2nd generation Polish mother as I’m sure is true of mothers in many other cultures. It seemed like a major intent of this class was to hype Dr Luzzi’s books. I learned so little from this experience, I will avoid taking any more of Dr Luzzi’s classes.