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Tastes of Byzantium


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A detailed revelation of what was eaten in the court of the Eastern Roman Empire with colourful descriptions of the sights and smells of Constantinople and its marketplaces.

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Preface 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 Bibliography Index

About the Author

Andrew Dalby is a classical scholar, historian, linguist and translator most well-known for his books on the history of food, in particular the Greek and Roman empires. Siren Feasts, Andrew Dalby's first food book, won the Runciman Award and his second, Dangerous Tastes, won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year in 2001. He is also the author of The Classical Cookbook and Empire of Pleasures as well as biographies of Bacchus and Venus.


A fascinating read, with its descriptions of the glittering centre of an empire. Along with his portrait of Byzantines feasting on spiced wine and sugary sweets, Dalby includes many colourful observations. -- Charles Perry, Cornucopia
A delightful book... offers a novel and humane approach to the Byzantines and their culture, and one that should appeal to Byzantinists as well as general readers * The Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
This pioneering book... is an enthusiastic compilation of fascinating facts about what people in Constantinople ate during the eleven centuries of the Byzantine Empire. -- Peter Clark, Asian Affairs Journal
the only book in English concerning the history of the very elusive cuisine of Byzantium. Dalby - classicist, historian, and aficionado of linguistics - brings impressive credentials to this pioneering study... Tastes of Byzantium bubbles and roils with tales, anecdotes, and just plain gore * Culinary Historians of New York *

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