Daniel Varney Thompson (1902–1980) made the definitive Englishtranslation of Cennino D'Andrea Cennini's Il libro dell'arte (The Craftsman's Handbook). He worked from the original Italian sources, along with earlier translations. Key to his translation work was replicating much of Cennini's craft instructions himself and with his students. Thompson was the brother of noted American composer Randall Thompson.
Thompson's overview of his subject is his The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting (reprint Dover, 1956). For a bibliography of 18 publications by Thompson on the subject of medieval and renaissance artists' recipe books see Clarke, M The Art of All Colours London: Archetype, 2001 pp. 148–9.