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 have also scrutinized various other editions forming part of our collection of Apiciana, and as shown by our “family tree of Apicius” have drawn either directly or indirectly upon every known source for our information.

The only fly in the ointment of life is that we don’t know what it is all about, and probably never will know. Could such a combination be anticipated? I have always been keenly interested in the history of food and the larger picture of cookerry shaped by their tastes in cuisine.

A Facsimile of “American Cookery,” Such was the case during the times of Apicius. This book commences in the middle of the list of chapters; the first part of them and the title page are gone.

Or, they are cranky, hungry, starved, miserable, and they turn savage now and then. Very interesting to read ancient recipes and learn that even the ancients had tricks up their sleeves. University of Nebraska Library, Omaha, Neb. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. nad

Hence the popularity of such sauces amongst people who do not observe the correct culinary principle of seasoning food judiciously, befitting its character, without spoiling but rather in enhancing its characteristics and in bringing out its flavor at the right time, namely during coction to give the kindred aromas a chance to blend well. Only the aged, the infirm, the prisoners and some faithful dogs were left behind.


A really good look at Apicius and the ingredients he used, followed by a selection of recipes and how to interpret them.

Most highly praised by the Romans were the Megarean bulbs.

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Lister praises his brother physician, Humelbergius: They deserve our attention merely because they are above the ever present mob of antique reformers and politicians of whom there was legion in Rome alone, under the pagan regime.

They have become fixed ideas, making reconstruction difficult for anyone who would gain a picture along rational lines. To believe that any of them impart to the dishes the true flavor desired is of course ridiculous. Lettura per la parola del mese di ottobre Gaylord Donnelley, Chicago, Ill.

Many of the ancient formula tried have our unqualified gastronomic approval. Wash carefully and fill with water, and an admixture of liquamen. But its vogue stopped after a century while Apicius marched on through centuries to come, tantalizing the scholars, amusing the curious gourmets if not educated cooks to the present day.

This name, so Vollmer claims, has been added to the book by medieval scholars without any reason except conjecture for such action. Please try again later.

This interpretation appears in the form of notes directly under each article, for quick reference and it is our wish that it be of some apiciys service in contributing to the general understanding and appreciation of our ancient book.

As for the overwhelming majority of the cooking animals, they behave much more “naturally. The Apicius book is a living thing, capable of creating happiness. The book has been printed again and again in Latin and has been translated into Italian and German. The originals treat of cooked meats Tor. But do apixius not indulge in the same “stunts” today? Georg Roemmert, New York, N.

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Consider, for a moment, this mysterious creation No. Views Read Edit View history. We have merely aimed at a rational and legible presentation–work within the province and the duty of an editor-translator and technical expert. As a historian and foodie, this book is essential to anyone interested in how Romans lived. He took it for granted that spices be used within the bounds of reason, but he could not afford to forget them in his formulae. Since the topic, strictly speaking does not belong here, we cannot depict it in detail, and in passing make mention of it to refer students interested in the psychology of the ancients to such details as are found in the writings of Plutarch and other ancient writers during the early Christian era.


Even the best experts, it appears, fall victims to the mysterious spell surrounding, protecting things of sacred antiquity, hovering like an avenging angel over them, to ward off all “irreverent critics” and curious intruders. There are also methods for preserving foods, revitalizing them, even adulterating them.

A medieval scholar could never have manufactured Apicius, imitating his strikingly original terminology. Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome Author: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome

This we have endeavored to do. When we behold hordes of ancient legislators, posing as dervishes of moderation, secretly and openly breaking the prohibition laws of their own making How did they do it? We desire only to indicate the remarkable preparation for the work before us, which he has had. 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.