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Edible Architecture

Edible Architecture by Food Historian Gillian Riley

Gillian Riley studied History at Cambridge and then moved to Italy via London to pursue a typography career. Greed and curiosity about Italian food eclipsed type though to her delight many epigraphical and calligraphical heroes turned up at the dinner tables of popes and princes: Mantegna squeezing lemons over trout on the shores of Lake Garda; Caravaggio chucking a plate of artichokes at the head of an insolent waiter; Martino, the greatest cook of all, whose recipes were written out by Bartolomeo Sanvito, the greatest scribe of his time; and Bernini designing architectural table decorations for papal banquets. This lecture will focus on historical architectural food sculptures and experiences across Europe.


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Date and Time:

7 December 2011 at 7:30 pm


1 hour



The Doodle Bar
33 Parkgate Road
SW11 4NP

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