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Around the Roman Table [Hardcover]

Patrick Faas
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17 Jan 2003
A delightfully quirky yet authoritative look at the food of Ancient Rome

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First English Edition edition (17 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333904664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333904664
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,375,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are many misconceptions about the food of ancient Rome that Faas sets out to correct. The result is half cookbook, half history book and is entirely fascinating to both chef and antiquarian alike. . . . . To read Mr. Faas book is a pleasure, to put it to use requires a certain spirit. Many of the recipes he includes in the book are accessible to the adventurous cook and will definitely reward a curious mind and palate." -- David Johnson "Washington Times"

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A quirky and unusual historical cookery book, already a bestseller in Europe.Packed with fascinating anecdotes, and richly illustrated with witty quotes from classical authors, Around the Roman Table is a mouth-watering ride through the food of the ancient world and, as a recipe book, a step back in time. But it is not just the absence of gas-fired hobs and microwaves which make this such a unique experience. America had yet to be discovered, hence ingredients such as potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers and peanuts could not grace the Roman table. This lack of the staples of the European diet, was more than made up for by Roman appetite for foodstuffs we would scarcely feed our dogs. Fish eyes, pigs' ears, wombs, intestines and brains were all served, usually dressed in fiery pepper based sauces. Not all the recipes resort to such unusual fare and over 150 are reproduced here, especially adapted to allow modern cooks to revive ancient dishes in their own kitchens.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... 17 Jan 2014
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Abit difficult to follow at times, but an interesting read none the less. Many of the recipes are still reproducible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learn to Cook for Caesar 20 May 2003
By Stephen Holland - Published on
The first half of Around the Table of the Roman's is a discussion of Roman cooking and food. The second half is a list of recipes from various Roman authors. The book has a lot of promise and gives a good overview of what the Romans ate and the role of food in Roman culture. The recipes are given in three forms. First, the original Latin version is give, then a translation is provided. Finally, a more detailed recipe is given that the reader can use to try the recipe at home. The book is interesting, but should be treated as an introduction to Roman diet, cooking, and eating habits. The book was originally written in Dutch and the translation could have been better. However, there are not serious problems with the translation. Overall I liked this book and I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Rambling Yet and Interesting Read 18 July 2004
By Gordon H. Jee - Published on
Informative, but Whiteside's translation is spotty. Ilaria Gozzini Giacosa's A Taste of Ancient Rome would help clarify and fill in some of the overlooked topics and recipes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! 25 July 2014
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Just what I was looking for!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planning a Roman feast? 12 Sep 2005
By H. Kersteen - Published on
Are you a teacher and planning a Roman feast for an activity? This book has everything you will need.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poorly Written 22 Jan 2003
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This book is filled with misspellings, poorly phrased sentences, and illustrations not explained well in the text. Whatever happened to editing? The subject should have been presented much more adequately. The publisher should be ashamed to release such a poorly-presented work!
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