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Flavours of Byzantium Asia Turkey Andrew Dal Prospect Books


14th December 2012 History Books 2 Comments

Andrew Dalby is a classical scholar, food historian and student of languages.

This is a study of the food that was eaten at the court of the Eastern Roman Empire at Constantinople in the Middle Ages. For centuries it has tempted and fascinated the West, yet very little has been written in English about the foods they ate or the recipes they cooked from. Dalby gives an entertaining account of the dining customs of the Emperors as witnessed by the Greeks and by foreign visitors. He tells of the medical theories that underlay their diet; of their opinions of the raw materials available; and stretches in a calendar of the seasons and how they affected the food on the table. This is underpinned by new translations from the Greek of important medieval treatises on diet, flavors, raw materials and cookery. Andrew Dalby is a classical scholar, food historian and student of languages.

Flavours of Byzantium (None)

Meals and Recipes from Ancient Greece

Eugenia Salza Prina Ricotti is an archaeologist and member of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia whose prior published books include Dining as a Roman Emperor: How to Cook Ancient Roman Recipes Today.

Ancient Greek literature contains a wealth of culinary information on everything from etiquette to menu planning. Fifty-six delicious–and preparable!–recipes, gleaned from ancient sources and updated with ingredients available to the contemporary American cook, are compiled in this book. Readers will also learn about the role of food in ancient Greek culture–from simple family menus to lavish wedding feasts–beginning with the age of Homer and culminating with the ostentatious banquets of the Hellenistic era.
Drawing from Athenaeus’s The Deipnosophists, the most important source on ancient Greek food and cooking, as well as from comic writers, the author brings to life the delights of the food and wine and conviviality that were an important aspect of meals in ancient Greece.

Meals and Recipes from Ancient Greece (J. Paul Getty Museum)










  • 2 responses to "Flavours of Byzantium Asia Turkey Andrew Dal Prospect Books"

  • Julien
    3:23 on December 16th, 2012
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    Don’t buy these books from AMAZON as a value purchase. They are exactly the same except published by two different companies and one is paperback. I sent back the “flavors” hard copy. Book gives insight how people ate in Byzantium. Cycles of eating appropriately, “…don’t eat black grapes in July.” Compilation of letters and research revealing life in the courts, travel, eating and drinking. For those who are interested in the nitty gritty of daily life during this time period and translating name/meanings of food items.

  • Taranis
    5:19 on December 16th, 2012
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    It was quite a treat when I discovered this book. There are many, many books detailing the gastronomy of ancient Romans and Greeks, but what of their inheritor? As far as I can tell, this is the only book on the food and dining habits of the medieval Byzantines. And it is more fortunate, then, that Andrew Dalby has written a fantastic one! His prose his light and engaging, giving out plenty of information without being burdensome. He also is so kind as to reproduce several Byzantine dietary works, including a dietary calendar.

    All in all, an important addition to any Byzantophile’s library.

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