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The Classical Cookbook Dalby, Andrew/ Grainger, Sally 1 of 1
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0892363940
ISBN-13: 9780892363940
Sku: 30229290
Publish Date: 7/1/1996
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 9L x 0.75T
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The daily life of classical Greece and Rome, although separated from us by 2000 years, can be recreated in almost photographic detail. The Classical Cookbook is the first book of its kind, exploring the daily culture of the Mediterranean through the center of its social life--food and drink. Combining narrative texts and recipes, authors Dalby and Grainger draw on a mass of fascinating resources to describe household life for different social groups and occasions. Each chapter provides a historical outline, with translations of the original recipes followed by versions for the modern cook. The book is illustrated throughout with delightful scenes of food, hunters, and revelers from wall paintings, mosaics, and Greek vases. And the array of delicacies, from Sweet Wine Scones to Chicken Stuffed with Olives to Honey Nut Cake, is sure to tempt any connoisseur.
From the Publisher:
The Classical Cookbook is the first book of its kind to explore the cuisine of the Mediterranean in ancient times, from 750 B.C. to A.D. 450. The authors draw on a mass of fascinating sources beyond the familiar recipes of the Roman gourmet Apicius, who mainly described the food of the privileged classes at the end of the Roman Empire. All types of food are represented here, allowing the modern cook to re-create the varied diet of the classical world, from the banquets of the rich to the simpler meals of soldiers, farmers, and slaves. We can still enjoy Terrine of Asparagus, Sweet Wine Cakes, Olive Relish, or Toronaean Shark. Each chapter provides a historical outline, with translations of the original recipes followed by versions for the modern cook. The book is illustrated throughout with delightful scenes of food, hunters, and revelers from wall paintings, mosaics, and Greek vases.

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Midwest Book Review
The Classical Cookbook is the first to explore the daily culture of the Mediterranean through the center of its social life: food and drink. Combining narrative texts and recipes, authors Dalby and Grainger draw on a mass of fascinating resources to describe household life for different social groups and occasions. Each chapter provides a historical outline, with translations of the original recipes followed by versions for the modern cook. The Classical Cookbook is illustrated throughout with delightful scenes of food, hunters, and revelers from wall paintings, mosaics, and Greek vases. And the array of delicacies, from "Sweet Wine Scones" and "Chicken Stuffed with Olives" to "Honey Nut Cake" and "Olive Relish" to "Liver Oxyrhynchus" and "Bream in Cheese and Oil" and "Sweet Cheesecake" and "Parthian Chicken" are sure to tempt any gourmet. 11/01/1996

Times Literary Supplement
"...[P]erhpas the greatest strength of this wonderful cookery book is its refusal to blend the foods of the ancient world to form an undifferentiated mass....'The Classical Cookbook' is a glorious example of the 'Past Times' school of history. Toga parties will never be the same again." - Emily Wilson 08/09/96

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