Is there is an English version of the book Allegro Ma Non Troppo by Carlo Maria Cipolla?
The answer is yes and no. The book contains two essays in Italian. One of them is translated into English and the other is not. The title of this book comes from a musical term and means “quickly, but not too quickly” and the author applies it to humans as “happy, but not too happy” in this Italian book. The book includes the famous “Five Laws of Human Stupidity”. You can read an English translation here:
The second essay is “The Role of Spices (and Black Pepper in Particular) in Medieval Economic Development” and this essay claims that black pepper is an aphrodisiac. This essay is not as popular and does not