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Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome by Apicius is a remarkable and intriguing culinary exploration into the eating habits and food preparation during ancient Rome. This book is a valuable resource for those interested in the history of food and culinary traditions.

Apicius, the presumed author of this work, provides a detailed account of the various dishes consumed by the elites of the Roman Empire. The book offers a fascinating glimpse into the opulence and extravagance that characterized the dining experiences of high society at the time. From exotic ingredients to elaborate recipes, Apicius leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit to document the culinary customs of the era.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its comprehensive nature. Apicius covers a wide range of topics, including the procurement and preparation of ingredients, different cooking techniques, and the serving styles employed during the imperial period. Whether it's discussing the finer points of selecting fish or explaining the complexities of creating sauces, the author ensures that readers gain a thorough understanding of the cooking practices of ancient Rome.

What truly sets this book apart is the remarkable attention to detail in the recipes. While some are familiar, many are unique to the Roman Empire, offering readers a chance to explore a cuisine that has been lost to time. The meticulous descriptions and step-by-step instructions make it possible for modern-day readers to recreate these ancient dishes and experience a taste of history themselves.

Furthermore, Apicius's writing style is both informative and engaging, making it an enjoyable read even for those without a deep interest in history. His love for food and dining is evident throughout the book, as he shares anecdotes and personal stories related to his subject matter. This personal touch adds depth to the text, making it feel more like a conversation between friends rather than a dry historical account.

While the book shines in most areas, there are a couple of minor drawbacks worth mentioning. Firstly, the translation used in this edition can occasionally feel a bit dated, which may make it harder for some readers to fully immerse themselves in the content. Additionally, some of the recipes may require specialized ingredients that aren't readily available to the average person, which could be a potential challenge for those looking to recreate the dishes.

In conclusion, Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome by Apicius is a captivating and informative book that offers readers an enthralling journey into the world of ancient Roman cuisine. With its comprehensive coverage, detailed recipes, and engaging writing style, this book serves as an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring the culinary customs of the past. Whether you're a history buff, a food enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique reading experience, this book is truly a feast for the mind and palate.

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APICIUS

COOKERY AND DINING IN IMPERIAL ROME

A Bibliography, Critical Review and Translation of the Ancient Book known as Apicius de re Coquinaria

NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME RENDERED INTO ENGLISH

BY JOSEPH DOMMERS VEHLING

With a Dictionary of Technical Terms, Many Notes, Facsimiles of Originals, and Views and Sketches of Ancient Culinary Objects Made by the Author

INTRODUCTION BY PROF. FREDERICK STARR Formerly of the University of Chicago

{Transcription:

APICII LIBRI X

QVI DICVNTVR DE OBSONIIS ET CONDIMENTIS SIUE ARTE COQVINARIA QVÆ EXTANT

NVNC PRIMVM ANGLICE REDDIVIT PRO{OE}MIO BIBLIOGRAPHICO ATQVE INTERPRETATIONE DEFENSIT UARIISQVE ANNOTATIONIBVS INSTRVXIT ITA ET ANTIQVÆ CVLINÆ VTENSILIARVM EFFIGIIS EXORNAUIT INDICEM DENIQVE ETYMOLOGICVM ET TECHNICVM ARTIS MAGIRICÆ ADIECIT

IOSEPHVS DOMMERS UEHLING

INTRODVCIT FRIDERICVS STARR

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