Apicius, Roman foodie noted for excess, lent name to historic cookbook. This is the first English translation of Apicius de re Coquinaria, the oldest known cookbook in existence. It is also one of the few translations of this original. Eight recipes from Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Cooking a whole ostrich is an enormous task, but Apicius provides a recipe for.

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As usual, I’m retyping the text rather than scanning it: Either some text was lost between the time the excerpt was made and the time the manuscripts were written, or there never was a “standard Apicius ” text because the contents changed over time as it was adapted by readers.

The transcription will eventually be subjected to a minute proofreading, of course. Cook chicken livers by frying in a little olive oil, then cool and chop them into small pieces; peel and slice the cucumber thinly; drain and chop the capers finely.

Between the date of the first printed edition and the date of Joseph Dommers Vehling ‘s translation into English and bibliography of Apiciusthere were 14 editions of the Latin text plus one possibly apocryphal edition.

Apicius: Ancient Roman epitomized life of excess

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He was probably addressing the other chefs of wealthy people,” Freedman says. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Despite the title, this booklet is not an excerpt purely from the Apicius text we have today, as it contains material that is not in the longer Apicius manuscripts. Turn out onto a plate; decorate with more cucumber slices.

Should you still spot an error, please do report it, of course. Alternatively, roast in the oven at degrees, about 5 minutes. The work was not widely translated, however; the first translation was into Italianinfollowed in the 20th century by two translations into German and French.


Add layer of bread and repeat until all the ingredients have been used up. Roast meats, mushrooms and truffles, egg dishes. Add the cream cheese, egg yolks and the honey; blend again. The thicker the border, the more information.

The foods described in the book are useful for reconstructing the dietary habits of the ancient world around the Mediterranean Basin. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat Marcus Gavius Apicius was certainly hungry for that prestige. Well-meaning attempts to get me to scan text, if successful, would merely turn me into some kind of machine: Images with borders lead to more information. He lived in the 1st century during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius and became famed for his love of food.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The name “Apicius” had long been associated with excessively refined love of food, from the habits of an early bearer of the name, Marcus Gavius Apiciusa Roman gourmet and lover of refined luxury, who lived sometime in the 1st century AD during the reign of Tiberius. Flower and Rosenbaum, pp.

Apicius is a text to be used in the kitchen. For the dressing, grind the pepper and roasted celery seeds in a mortar or spice grinder.

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Schuch Heidelberg,the editor added some recipes from the Vinidarius manuscript. Raw eggs are called for; a little mayonnaise may be substituted, she writes. Cut the ciabatta into thin slices and lay them out on a large tray. It is in the public domain. He compares “Apicius” not to a practical book like “Joy of Cooking” but the more conceptual books published in recent years by such famous chefs as Ferran Adria of the former El Bulli in Apiicus and Rene Apiciuz of Noma in Denmark.


Alternatively, you can line the inside of the bowl with bread slices, then proceed. And what mattered then in food isn’t necessarily what matters now. This “sala cattabia,” or composed salad, in the style of Apicius is one of seven recipes believed to have a specific link to the legendary Roman gourmet, according to Christopher Grocock and Sally Grainger in their translation of “Apicius,” the ancient cookbook.

Latin Wikisource has original text related to cookbokk article: Apici excerpta a Vinidario survives in a single 8th-century uncial manuscript. Latin prose texts Roman cookbooks Roman cuisine 4th-century Latin books 5th-century Latin books.

Cover with plastic wrap; chill for 2 hours. In the long-standard edition of C. See my copyright page for details and contact information.

The header bar at the top of each webpage will remind you with the same color scheme. Apicjus knowledge and training is assumed. Pour the dressing over the salad; press down gently. Adapted from “Cooking Apicius: It is now of historical interest only, since Vehling’s knowledge of Latin was not always adequate for the difficult task of translation, and several later and more reliable translations now exist. Then dilute the paste with the vinegar and the fish sauce.

Nutrition information per serving: That’s why the book still counts, she noted. Paul Freedman, a Yale history professor and editor of “Food: That style, she wrote, included creating cooknook dish “from the crests of living cocks,” parboiling poultry before cleaning and plucking to “seal in the full savor of fat and juices” and killing pigs with doses of honeyed wine.

For now, there is no Latin text onsite; the gentle reader is referred to the transcription at Augustana ; and vookbook below.