[Sca-cooks] Crocodile was Magpies

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Tue Mar 4 11:30:34 PST 2008

Interesting. Can you provide the recipes and text that show that
the classical Romans ate snakes and crocodiles? Not medicinal, but actually
banquet fare for the crocodiles and snakes. Apicius oddly doesn't list 
or crocodiles, so what source does?
Also What medieval Arab and Chinese recipes can you offer for eating 
Which texts and which recipes? Again non-medicinal references would be 


Dragon wrote:
> Considering all the other unusual things (by modern standards) that 
> the upper class Romans consumed, I would be surprised that Crocodile 
> and snakes of various kinds are not among them.
> Chinese medicinal texts may be enlightening. In China to this day, 
> food is still considered medicinal and what you eat is considered to 
> affect the balance of health in many of the same ways that the Arab 
> influenced health theories of the Medieval period espoused.
> Dragon

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