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Tastes of Byzantium
« on: June 23, 2019, 03:03:57 PM »
Tastes of Byzantium



For centuries the food and culinary delights of the Byzantine empire - centered 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. Fusing the spices of the Romans with the seafood and simple local food of the Aegean and Greek world, the cuisine of the Byzantines was unique and a precursor to much of the food of modern Turkey and Greece. Bringing this vanished cuisine to life in vivid and sensual detail, Dalby describes the sights and smells of Constantinople and its marketplaces, relates travellers' tales and paints a comprehensive picture of the recipes and customs of the empire and their relationship to health and the seasons, love and medicine. For food-lovers and historians alike, "Tastes of Byzantium" is both essential and riveting - an extraordinary illumination of everyday life in the Byzantine world.

Index

An Introduction to Byzantium
Tastes and Smells of the City
Foods and Markets of Constantinople
Water and Wine, Monks and Travellers
Rulers of the World

The Texts

The Eight Flavours
Categories of Foods
Humoral and Dietary Qualities of Foods
A Dietary Calendar

Instructions and Recipes

A Phrase-Book of Byzantine Foods and Aromas 

Read the book in PDF format here.
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