This handy little book is a stroke of genius on the publishers part. A collection
of recipes from Apicius as researched and trialled by the author – who just
happens to be the same as co-authored Apicius – A Critical Review. No
wading through pages of discourse, reviews and examinations of potential
influences – just straight to the recipes.
Want to make the snacks for your average roman barfly at the local Taverna?
Or impress the neighbours with a bang up dinner on a week night but you’re
not really into the larks tongues and dormice? Well neither was the average
Roman citizen – even if they could afford it.
Of all the many translations of Apicius, this is the one I’d save if a fire broke
out. The kernel of this book was Sally’s PhD thesis with judicial editing and
input from Christopher Grogock to make it more readable. It is a beautiful – if
hardcore academic – consolidated translation of the various fragments of
Apicius de re Coquinaria around the world.