Ada Boni

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Ada Boni
Ada Giaquinto

OccupationProfessional chef; cookbook author and magazine editor

Ada Boni, née Giaquinto, (1881 – 1973) was an Italian chef, magazine editor, food writer and book author. Her most famous book, Il talismano della felicità (pronounced [il taliˈzmaːno ˈdɛlːa felitʃiˈta]; The Talisman of Happiness in English), published in 1928, is considered one of the classic Italian cookbooks[1][2] and is still very popular.[3] She also wrote the notable book, La cucina romana (Roman Cuisine in English), with the stated aim of saving traditional cuisine that was being lost.


  • Boni, Ada (1929). Il talismano della felicità. I Ed.
  • Boni, Ada (1930). La cucina romana. Rome: Edizioni di Preziosa.
  • Boni, Ada (1969). Italian Regional Cooking. New York: Bonanza Books.
  • Riolo, Claudio (2004). "Ada Boni" in Le Italiane. vol. II.

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  1. ^ Andrews, Colman (9 November 2011). Country Cooking of Italy. Chronicle Books. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-8118-6671-2.
  2. ^ Hosking, Richard (2006). Authenticity in the Kitchen: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2005. Oxford Symposium. pp. 212–213. ISBN 978-1-903018-47-7.
  3. ^ Daley, Bill (15 May 2013). "Culinary Giant: Ada Boni - Wrote the must-have cookbook for generations of Italian women". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2014.