Around the Table of the Romans: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome
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Around the Table of the Romans: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In "Around the Table of the Romans," Patrick Faas brings the Roman passion for eating to life. More than just a book of ancient recipes reconstructed for the modern cook (though there are more than 150 in the book), "Around the Table of the Romans" is a portrait of ancient Roman society as seen from the vantage point of the dining table. Faas explores ancient Roman manners...more
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Published January 18th 2003 by Palgrave MacMillan (first published January 17th 2003)
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Paul
An entertaining and wide-ranging look at ancient Roman cuisine.

When I decided I needed to know more about food and eating in the ancient world of my own work in progress, I went overboard and ordered three different books on it. When they arrived I had to choose which one to start with. Looking them over, I thought that Patrick Faas's book would provide the best introduction. Now, although I haven't read the other two books yet, I feel sure that I chose right.

The other books are primarily cookbo...more
Chelsea
More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.

Food and history are two of the great loves of my life. I thought Around the Roman Table would fit nicely into those categories. Well...it did, but I didn't really like it. Don't get me wrong--it was okay. It was just a more boring than I expected it to be. It includes a lot of descriptions about what people ate, how they ate it, and how food tied into culture in Rome. That part was interesting. But there was also an entire second part t...more
Colin
A truly fascinating look at Roman gastronomy and cuisine. I like it because it ius both practical and comprehensive. The author freely admits where he speculates, and gives useful ideas for replicating Roman meals. Many recipes are included. I also like the fact that the author does not obsess about the bizarre (as do so many writings about Roman food).
Danyell
Not nearly enough reference to the time spent on re-feathering a whole, roasted peacock! BUt insightful, mentioned many of the dishes I liked from The Good Book Cook Book, which has some jesus-tastic recipies
Barbra Quade
Although I cannot prepare many of these dishes in the modern kitchen and with the modern grocery selection, I enjoyed this cookbook for its historical information.
Amanda
Fairly informative book about Roman eating habits. The recipes are hard to duplicate but is mostly because we don't have the same ingredients as the Romans anymore.
Caroline
Interesting content, although a bit encyclopedic rather than narrative. 5 stars for substance, 3 for style, averaged to 4.
Milo
I won't be cooking from it, but it really gives the flavor of living in ancient Rome. Sorry about that. Couldn't resist.
William Prueter
Mar 22, 2007 William Prueter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roman dining habits, food interests
Shelves: ancientromans
Go to prueter.org. Click on my page. Click on Book Summaries, click on Roman Culture.
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