Twentieth century cookbook…

The Pro Patrimonio Foundation in Câmpulung Muscel is implementing, during this year, a multidisciplinary cultural and creative project that brings together translators, linguists, chefs, culinary experts, students and artisans, in a unique concept dedicated to the tangible and intangible heritage of Villa Julesco. Four levels of the project are pursued: documentation, gastronomy, heritage and craft education.

The project began with the discoveries of the epidemic in the extensive library of the Golescu family, specifically two recipe books from around 1900 written by Maria Cantili Golescu, wife of Vasile Golescu. At the beginning of this year, the project team began documenting and creatively capitalizing this material as part of the intangible heritage of the home and the city of Câmpulung Muscel.

says Architect Andrea Macchidon, Project Coordinator of Heritage Education, Pro Patrimonio Foundation.

Thus, each page of the two notebooks was carefully photographed and digitized, followed by transcribing and translating the original recipes into Romanian and editing the texts so that the language was easier to understand for the contemporary reader. Translating a 1900 cookbook, written in four languages ​​and written by the author from Paris to Bacau and Kampolung at the beginning of the last century, has become more than just a translation. An immersion in the culinary context of an era becomes on the border between antiquity and modernity and an active collaboration between translators, linguists and historians.

The details of the cooking and presentation of the universal meal were collected unexpectedly, strongly influenced by culinary trends in Western Europe, especially French, but also English, Iberian, German and Italian. Maria Cantelli Gulescu belonged to a distinguished social group at that time, had a higher education, spoke several foreign languages, traveled a lot and had the opportunity to live in several European cities.

The multiculturalism of the Golescu family, and perhaps an entire local elite, is underlined in these parts of daily life suggested by the way they ate and reveals an interesting piece of Roman gastronomy history from a decade not covered by other sources.

This first resource material is the digital scanned notebook, “Recetes de Cuisine” which you can find in the Foundation’s Useful Resource Library and will be presented, translated and reinterpreted in full.

Creative workshop for children from Câmpulung

At the start of the summer holidays, between 17-20 June, 15 children from the Câmpulung Muscel communities will benefit from three days of activities in the courtyard of the Golescu Villa. The program prepared for them will include on the first day “The Day of Edible Plants in the Garden”, then “The Day of Notebooks, Drawing and Calligraphy” and at the end they will have the “Day of Artistic Installations” with a pause in the universe. : Culinary Objects in the Villa, Pictures of Marie Cantelli, the words “alien” in manuscripts, the family tree and the advice of Maria Cantelli Gulescu.

Thus, children will build, research, interpret, create and play under the supervision of a series of specialized guests who will complement the educational path with valuable information and unique working techniques. The final evening will present them with an outdoor movie in the garden of Villa Golescu in the Caravan of Heritage Education tradition of the Pro Patrimonio Foundation.

Children’s work and explorations will be the subject of not only an online exhibition, but especially a physical exhibition within the “Community Celebration Day” designed for the autumn period, when the results of the entire project will be “Maria Cantili Golescu Culinary Journal – Recipes, Tastes, Objects and Experiences” – cooking notes, custom objects and presentation film – It will be launched and opened to the interested public.

10 professional and amateur chefs

Also as part of the project, the notebook recipes went through a selection process with the help of invited experts in the culinary field. They each chose two recipes to explore, adapt and then present them in the most creative way to their online audience. The selection of recipes will take into account both the preferences of each specialist, as well as the final content of the recipe book, which is aimed at documenting a set of diverse and rich in taste recipes and drawing the attention of the audience to it. As well as the story that accompanies every memory with taste. Participants will “translate” the language of the notebook’s notes into recipes with distinct ingredients and clear steps to follow for today’s user. The materials will finally make up Maria Cantili Golescu’s recipe book, which can be accessed in both physical and digital form.

We are invited to bring back these old recipes: Andrei Chelaru (Fragment, Cluj), Oana Coanta (Bistro de l’Arte, Brasov), Irina Georgescu (author of the cookbook “Carpathia”), Cristina Mehedinţeanu (Horeca Culinary School, Bucharest), Mara Oana (Fiskre 32), Mona Petri (Forgotten Herbs), Alex Petration (New, Bucharest), Maddalena Roman (Sikra, Saint George), Horia Simon (Transylvanian Food Club), the team made up of Adriana Sohodoliano, Cosmin Dragomir (Gastroart) and Adela Trofin (Slow Food Edinburgh).

Over the summer, these portions of stories and photos will gradually be featured on the Pro Patrimonio Foundation’s website.

Rich fair commodity group

The same culinary resources and items from Maria Cantili Golescu’s life will also be the basis for creating a new collection of Honest Goods merchandise dedicated to these finds. Children and adults alike will experience the recipes and related stories throughout the project through games, quizzes, challenges and hands-on projects.

The objects will be made in the spirit of the current collection of Honest Goods Objects, using local materials and artisans, with projects prepared by two designers. The resulting objects will be presented on the page dedicated to honest goods objects, each of which in the presentation contains an effect recipe.


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