Feast of Sorrow: An Inside Look at Ancient Culinary Life
During a recent trip to the book store, I heard about the new book Feast of Sorrow and its accompanying cookbook. Based off of the life of ancient Roman noble Marcus Gavius Apicius, who was a thought to have worked on the world's oldest cookbook, Crystal King's book Feast of Sorrow explores the Ancient Roman culinary world with recipes and facts that would please any reader, classicist or not. For example, did you know the word salary comes from the Latin word "salarium" that refers to a Roman soldier's monetary allowance for purchasing salt? The facts aren't the only surprising parts, as the cookbook is void of stereotypical Italian food as we know it. Instead, it highlights recipes like garum, which is a fermented fish sauce that was saved for Rome's elite members of society despite the potent smell! I can't wait to read King's cookbook and hope you take a look at it too!
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