[Sca-cooks] roman feast

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Wed Mar 19 09:28:31 PDT 2008

On Mar 19, 2008, at 12:19 PM, Lilinah wrote:
>> Roman Cookery
>> Elegant & Easy Recipes from History's First Gourmet
>> John Edwards, Hartley & Marks Publishers, 1986
>> ISBN: 978-0-881-79011-5
> I don't own this, although i want to, for completeness' sake. I have
> read it and i do not recommend it. Some of his substitutions are
> inexplicable, such as rosemary for rue. There's no reason to get this
> book for any reason other than being a completist, since there are
> other better books out there.

As I recall, there're some nice food references included from Roman  
satirical poetry and drama/comedy, but as you mention, some of the  
food substitutions are not only inexplicable, but peculiarly English,  
as well, like food being browned in butter before cooking in liquid.  
It's like seeing Apicius through the eyes of Mrs. Beeton.


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