Gastronomic library and Historical menus

It’s true: every library around the world has cookbooks. But Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library is special: all cookbooks are under one roof.

It’s a tour around the culinary world with more than 14,000 volumes, from XVI century to present day, divided in about a hundred subject categories and with a thousand single-copy texts, that can be found only here.

In addition to this vast treasure of books, the Library boasts more than 70 periodicals, some hard to find elsewhere because out of print, an imposing collection of almost 5,000 historical menus, from early nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth, and a collection of 150 antique prints of gastronomic themes.

Because taste is not just a matter of eating, but also of heart and mind. A matter of tradition, research and evolution. In other words, a matter of culture.

The Library houses important milestones of gastronomic literature. Those books confirm that around food there are a thousand and one stories worth of being told.

THE GASTRONOMIC LIBRARY

The Library holds over 14,000 volumes and among those are milestones of gastronomic literature.

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ARTIST’S MENU

The work of some of Italy’s most illustrious artists meets cuisine in Artists’ Menu, where the worlds of food and the imagination collide.

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HISTORICAL MENUS

Cuisine and history are interwoven in menus that act as mirrors, bearing witness to events of the past.

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HISTORICAL PRINTS

At the beginning, there were the hunting scenes painted by our ancestors inside the Lascaux caves. Now, we have Ed Atkins’ digital animation videos. Food has always had a key role in artistic representations.

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PASTA MUSEUM

An exhibition journey through tradition, history, processing and production of Pasta.

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