Cooking lessons from the afterlife

Cooking lessons from the afterlife

Visiting the exhibition "Estasi" by Marina Abramovic in the Crypt of San Sepolcro

How to cook rice pudding for dead people? Maybe the artist can tell you the recipe. Better: surely she will. There is a more than 20 minute long tutorial video to show it, even with lots of repetitions. Just to be clear, obviously. So, before experiencing the mystery and the deeply historical atmosphere of the Crypt of San Sepolcro, you should definitely attend this spooky cooking lesson.

Three main passages to make an impeccable dish; but, before, let’s dress properly, as the cook suggest. Long, black dress; no apron required. Dark color, just to make invisible those spots of milk which may get it dirty. And do not forget to prepare the kitchen. Try to make it as more abandoned as possible, with piles of unwashed cooking pots and spoons all around. Leaving your husband the task to manage it for a week should work quite well…

It’s time to begin. The dead are hungry: rice pudding (or better “Risolatte”) awaits to be prepared.

Step one: “Vanitas”. Just enter into the mood of cooking for skeletons. Place a skull on the table and pretend to understand how much sugar and cinnamon dead people may appreciate in their pudding. It’s all about assessing quantities: a game of balances and equilibrium. Tastes of the past were a bit different from ours…

Step two: “Carrying milk”. Milk should arrive still alive from the fridge to the cooking pot. Be careful: the transfer is a key factor; you have to fill the bowl until the border and try not to lose any drop of it. You know: milk on the floor can assume a terrible smell. 

Step three: “levitation”. In a few words, you have to cook the rice pudding, floating in the middle of your kitchen to be better inspired. Rice will be baked in the perfect way, only if you manage to keep concentrated and levitating for all the cooking time. The video shows the right position: it’s only 9 minutes long, but the pudding should boil for about 20’. If you’re not sure to have understood correctly, you can also watch it twice: 18 minutes should be sufficiently clear. 

The rice pudding is finally ready. Place it in small bowls and take it to the dead souls into the crypt. It can be served both warm or cold, according to the dead’s taste. 

Instructive exhibition, isn’t it? I’m sure I have caught at least the general meaning, but I may focus more on the recipe details next time…


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