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The Anthropology of Food is an analysis of food in culture.  While the primary purpose for food is nutrition, it also has a cultural dimension by which people choose what they eat not only by flavor or nutritional value but by cultural, religious, economic, status and environmental factors.  - These pages are a collection of sampler recipes providing only a taste of the ancient world.

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The Ancient Roman Diet: Typical Food and Ingredients Used in Roman ... __ "Based on the evidence of recipes and carbonised shopping lists from Pompeii, the average Roman family’s diet would have been largely simple and nutritious."  A general overview of roman diet. - From suite101.com - http://roman-history.suite101.com/article.cfm/roman_food_and_ingredients

Ancient Roman Dishes __ 20 good recipes from ancient Rome. - From mit.edu - http://www.mit.edu/people/wchuang/cooking/recipes/Roman/

Antique Roman Dishes - Collection __ A collection of recipes of ancient Roman foods, translated from a German translation of "Marcus Gaius Apicius: De Re Coquinaria." - From Carnegie Mellon University - http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mjw/recipes/ethnic/historical/ant-rom-coll.html

Ancient Roman Food and Dining __ A good collection of recipes but the green background makes them kind of hard to read. - From Southwestern University Latin III students - http://www.geocities.com/lcook07/RomanFood.html  

Ancient Roman Recipes __ Nice collection of ancient roman recipes including one for the ancient version of the "burger." - From roman-colosseum.info - http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-life/ancient-roman-recipes.htm

Ancient Roman Recipes __ "Lavish feasts there were, but also perfectly ordinary meals, very similar to what we eat today. The Romans dined on roast pork in spicey sauces, snacked on cheese with dates and nuts, ate omelettes with mushrooms and enjoyed desserts of cheesecake and figs in custard."  A good look at ancient Roman foods. - illustrated - From squidoo.com - http://www.squidoo.com/ancient-food-rome 

Ancient Roman Recipes __ A small collection of recipes. - From buzzle.com - http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ancient-roman-recipes.html

Banquet __ "The Roman banquet included everything from raw fish and crustaceans to the exotic specialties listed on the menu below, taken from a cookbood of Apicius. The affair usually lasted through the night. Entertainment was provided by dancers, musicians, acrobats and poets."  A menu. - From ket.org - http://www.dl.ket.org/latin3/mores/food/banquet.htm 

BBC - History - Roman Food and Recipes __ "For the ordinary Roman, food was basic. The staple diet consisted mostly of a wheat-based porridge, seasoned with herbs or meat if available. However, ...on special occasions the table would be festooned with more luxurious fare."  Three good recipes. - From Sally Grainger/bbc.co.uk - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/recipes.shtml

Classics Department: Roman Cooking __ "Where would we be without food? Romans, while disdaining the Greeks for decadence and luxury, were quite fond of it themselves, at least in the upper classes. Poorer Romans made due on fish, bread, grain, olives, and the obligatory wine. Patricians, and many of those in the middle class, ate from a slightly more interesting menu. Many tales are recorded of the fabulous banquets thrown by the rich and powerful. Below are some places you can check out before attempting your own Roman banquet."  Good information and resources about Roman food and dining.  Plan a Roman banquet of your own. - illustrated - From University of Vermont - http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/webresources/life/food.html

Description Of A Roman Banquet __ History, evolution and description of a Roman banquet. - From chestofbooks.com - http://chestofbooks.com/food/beverages/When-What-To-Drink/Description-Of-A-Roman-Banquet.html  


Eight ancient Roman recipes from Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome __ "In addition to a wealth of material about culinary customs and techniques in ancient Rome, Patrick Faas translated more than 150 Roman recipes and reconstructed them for the modern cook. Here are eight recipes from from the book—from salad to dessert." - From University of Chicago - http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/233472.html 

Garum - Roman fish sauce garum __ Information about this ancient seasoning as well as recipes for both ancient and modern versions. - From about.com - http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/romanfood/g/garum.htm 

Real Roman Recipes __ A small collection of recipes.  Mostly 'snack foods' for the Roman bath. - From NOVA - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/roman/recipes.html

Roman Food - Food in Ancient Rome __ "Information on Roman food. Recipes, eating, and ..." - From about.com - http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/romanfood/Roman_Food.htm  

Roman Food - History for Kids __ Ancient Roman Feasts and Recipes Adapted for Modern Cooking, by Jon Solomon (1977). A history of Roman food, and then about a hundred Roman recipes... - From historyforkids.org - http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/romans/food/romanfood.htm

Roman cuisine __ You will find an encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_cuisine

Roman recipes from Apicius __ Collection of a few recipes and some history. - From 3owls.org - http://www.3owls.org/sca/cook/roman.htm  

What is garum? __ You will find a brief article about this ancient sauce including a recipe for a modern version. - From quezi.com - http://quezi.com/670



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