Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 2 by Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome by Apicius. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Apicius is a collection of Roman cookery recipes, usually thought to have been compiled in the . Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome. Trans. Joseph Dommers. Full text. Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (K), or click on a page.

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We respect the efforts of modern dietitians and food reformers; but we are far removed from the so-called “simple” and “plain” foods advocated by some well-meaning individuals. But all these things, good, indifferent and bad, remained in their places; and here they are, unsuspecting, real, natural, charming like Diana and her wood nymphs. So fascinating, this is not a quick easy breezy read. His presence and the unreality thereof has been cleared up by Vollmer, as will be duly shown.

The fish, intestines and all, was spiced, pounded, fermented, salted, strained and bottled for future use. Argus Book Shop, Chicago, Ill. Only when the ice was broken, when the disregard for law and order had become general through the continuous practice of contempt for an unpopular sumptuary law, when corruption had become wellnigh universal chiefly thanks to the examples set by the higher-ups, it was then that the torrent of human passion and folly ran riot, exceeding natural bounds, tearing everything with them, all that is beautiful and decent, thus swamping the great empire beyond the hopes for any recovery.

Even Spengler might be wrong then. The result is evenly cooked asparagus and not stalks with mushy tops. In the perpetual search for perfection, life has accomplished one remarkable thing: With 58 Original Recipes.


Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome by Apicius

We repeat, our Apicius covers Rome’s healthy epoch; hence the importance of the book. The reason would be commercial gain, prestige accruing from the name of dinihg cookery celebrity. Joseph Dommers Vehling Editor. Open Imperjal See a Problem? A most ingenious hoax was the “completion” of the Petronius fragment by a scholar able to hoodwink his learned contemporaries by an exhibition of Petronian literary style and a fertile imagination.

What a story it might have been! Besides the translation and notes there un much other material, both scholarly and informative, covering cooking in the ancient world, the history and bibliography of Apicius manuscripts and editions, an index and vocabulary of Roman cookery terms, 49 illustrations including drawings by the author and facsimiles from earlier editions, and much more.

We do not know when it was written, or whether it is of Coomery or of Roman origin. A Taste of Ancient Rome.

The fly in the ointment is that most modern people do not know how to handle and to appreciate food. Humelbergius, quoted by Lister. Second Skilled labor, so vital for the success of any good dinner, so imperative for the rational preparation of food was cheap to romd who held slaves.

There is no way to keep live oysters fresh except in their natural habitat–salt water. This will be refuted also later on.

The Apicius book roje the true condition partly so, because it is incomplete of the kitchen prevailing at the beginning of our era when the mistress of the Old World was in her full regalia, when her ample body had not yet succumbed to that fatty degeneration of the interior so fatal to ever so many individuals, families, cities and nations.


These mills were larger and im;erial driven by donkeys attached to beams stuck in the square holes.

Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome

The book has claims even upon our busy and practical generation. It is the combination that has made this book possible. A glance at some Chinese and Japanese methods of cookery may perhaps convince us of the probability of these remarks.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read saving…. The foods described in the book are useful for reconstructing the dietary habits of the ancient world around the Mediterranean Basin. The words we utter, in their roots, are those of our grandfathers.

The follies and the vices of a Nero, a boy Heliogabalus, a Pollio, a Vitellius and a few other notorious wasters are spread sporadically over a apiciys of at least eight hundred years.

ApiciusJoseph Dommers Vehling Limited preview – When it is done remove paper and binding material, thicken the sauce with cornflour, and serve. Romme still are under the spell of the fantastic and fanciful descriptions of Roman conviviality and gastronomic eccentricities. This theory also applies to the two instances where the name of Varro is mentioned in connection with the preparation of beets and onions bulbs.

Vaerst has amplified the excerpts from the young traveler’s observations by quotations from other ancient Greek writers upon the subject, thus giving us a most beautiful and authentic ideal description of Greek table manners and habits when Athens had reached the height in culture, refinement and political greatness.