Artusi - The Art of Cooking
Son of a pharmacist named Agostino, Pellegrino Marcello Artusi came from a large family having 12 siblings and food was always important and was what brought the family together. When he finished school, he took over the family business and they later moved to Florence. Here, Pellegrino began working in finances, and he also dedicated his time to two of his favourite hobbies: literature and the art of cooking.
His most famous work is La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiare bene (The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well). Artusi worshiped the progress and the scientific method of cooking, which he used in his book. His book, in fact, can be considered a “scientifically tested” manual: every recipe was the result of trials and experiments, something that his family encouraged as they knew dinner would always be something different!
Writing the book only two decades after the unification of Italy, Artusi was the first to include recipes from all the different regions of Italy in a single cookbook. He is often credited with establishing a truly national Italian cuisine for the first time.
Pellegrino passed away in 1911 at age 90, but ensured that his legacy would live on in literature. Much of what we know today about Italian food can be traced back to him and his truly revolutionary publication.
He may not have known it at the time, but Artusi encapsulated something that we all take for granted today and something that still today brings the family together… The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well.
The very essence of the ARTUSI brand has used this simple title, and designed a range of cooking appliances that is for today’s home cook.
Named after the all conquering Roman Emperor Maximus, who was born in Gallaecia, and was a distinguished Roman general who once ruled what is now referred to as Northern Italy, this cooking range lives up to it’s name sake. Sturdy and reliable, the Maximus cookers from ARTUSI embody the core values and needs that the home chef demands on a daily basis. Available in 3 sizes including our 120cm Freestanding Cooker, the Maximus series cookers have all the necessary requirements to handle whatever feast you prepare for it.
Until the late 1930’s, electric stoves were still uncommon. Although they had originated around the turn of the century, few residences were wired for electricity. As electric stoves became more of a commodity, they, like gas stoves, were given a design overhaul and a white porcelain enamel surface that was easy to clean. They continued to gain ground, receiving a major boost with the introduction in 1963 of the self-cleaning oven (now known as the Pyrolytic Oven), which uses very high temperatures of about 480°C to burn food residue from oven walls. Today, many households split the difference in stove types, choosing gas for the Cooktop and Electricity for the oven.
ARTUSI have embraced these developments and trends in cooking appliances over the past century to provide a easy to use, appealing and practical range of appliances that assist you in the daily preparation of breakfast, lunch and dinner for you and your family.
ARTUSI help’s consumers break away from ‘the norm’ and become something unique, not one of many but a diverse, individual stand out of the bunch. ARTUSI appliances bring the consumer back to reality and provide you with an appliances that is simple to use and easy to understand. Because ARTUSI is inventive, we’ll help you become an invididual.
Along with Gas hobs, ARTUSI’s cooktop collection also extends to Ceran and Induction Cooktops. Great for simmering, electric cooktops are also easy to clean and feature many safety features and all ARTUSI electric cooktops feature touch control operation.
It was not until the late 1920s and early 1930s that electric ovens began to compete with gas ovens, even though electric ovens were available as early as the 1890s. One major improvement in electric ovens was the invention of resistor heating coils, a familiar design in ovens also seen in hotplates and is still used in ovens. Today, the electric oven has evolved even further into the most used appliance in the home. Very much at the top of everyone’s mind when they get home from a hard day’s work is the thought “what’s in the oven”. ARTUSI know this and when developing our range of built-in ovens, this very thought was imperative as our inspiration to provide our definitive range of ovens.