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Tastes of Byzantium: The Cuisine of a Legendary Empire

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For centuries the food and culinary delights of the Byzantine empire -- centred on Constantinople -- have captivated the west, although it appeared that very little information had been passed down to us. Andrew Dalby's Tastes of Byzantium now reveals in astonishing detail, for the first time, what was eaten in the court of the Eastern Roman Empire -- and how it was cooked ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by I. B. Tauris
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Ev
Jun 11, 2015 Ev rated it did not like it
This book was possibly one of the strangest books I've ever read. Given the topic - the culinary richness of the Byzantine Empire, whose power and scope allowed it to transform gastronomy - you'd think the author would be a little more imaginative about describing the actual tastes of said empire.

There were a few nuggets of historical interest, such as the author's choice to settle on "Constantinopolitans"; the fact that they drank wine all the time - prescribing it for bodily ills as well as br
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Jenna
Dec 09, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, turkey
Oh, this was so fun. Super readable, and I've got to comment Dalby on including his own translations of the primary reference texts - such a helpful, generous practice that I wish more historians would employ.
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Andrew Dalby (born Liverpool, 1947) is an English linguist, translator and historian who most often writes about food history.

Dalby studied at the Bristol Grammar School, where he learned some Latin, French and Greek; then at the University of Cambridge. There he studied Latin and Greek at first, afterwards Romance languages and linguistics. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1970. Dalby then worked
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