Around the Table of the Romans: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome

Around the Table of the Romans: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome

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Overview

In Around the Table of the Romans, Patrick Faas brings the Roman passion for eating to life. More than just a book of ancient recipes reconstructed for the modern cook (though there are more than 150 in the book), Around the Table of the Romans is a portrait of ancient Roman society as seen from the vantage point of the dining table. Faas explores ancient Roman manners, dining arrangements, spices, seasonings and cooking techniques. He shows how ancient Roman cuisine differs from its present incarnation. Most of all, he brings the ancient Roman world to life in a book that foodies and history buffs will salivate over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312239589
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Edition description: REV
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Patrick Faas is a food historian and chef. He writes a column about food for the national Dutch newspaper, Der Volkskrant. He has appeared widely on European television and was sued by the SPCA for preparing an ancient Roman dish, baked stuffed mice.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Part One
I. Culinary History
The Age of Kings (753 BC to 509 BC)
The Republic (509 BC to 7 BC)
The Empire (7 BC to AD 476)
II. The Meal
Table Manners and Etiquette
The Courses
The Menu
The Carousal
III. Wine and Other Drinks
Wine
The Orgy
Wine Production
Other Drinks
IV. The Cook and His Condiments
The Cook
Cooking
Medicinal Theory
Flavours - Sour
Flavours - Salt
Flavours - Sweet
Flavours - Bitter
Herbs
Spices
Other Ingredients
Part Two
V. From the Land
Cereals
Pulses
Vegetables
Fruit and Nuts
VI. From the Fire
Eating Meat
Sacrifice
Meat Distribution
Animal Suffering
Pork
The Sacred Bull
Sheep and Goats
Dogs
Game
VII. From the Air
The Farmyard
Wild Birds
VIII. From the Water
Appendix
Weights and Measures
Money
Prices
Glossary
Bibliography
Illustration Sources
Conversion Tables
Index

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