Item #05755 Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome. Joseph Dommers VEHLING, Marcus Gavius APICIUS.
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome
Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome

Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome

Chicago: Walter M. Hill, 1936. Item #05755

The First English translation of Apicius de re Coquinaria,
The oldest known cookbook in existence

VEHLING, Joseph Dommers. Apicius. Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome. A Bibliography, Critical Review and Translation of the Ancient Book known as Apicius de re Coquinaria. Now for the first time rendered into English… With a Dictionary of Technical Terms, Many Notes, Facsimiles of Originals, and Views and Sketches of Ancient Culinary Objects Made by the Author. Introduction by Prof. Frederick Starr. Chicago: Walter M. Hill, 1936.

First edition, thus. Limited to 530 numbered copies of which this is no. 204. Large quarto (10 7/8 x 8 inches; 277 x 203 mm.). xxii, [1]-301, [1, blank], [2, limitation leaf, verso blank], [2, blank] pp.

Publisher's light green buckram over pale green boards, spine with printed label, spare label at end. A near fine copy with just the mildest of rubbing on lower edge of binding.

The first English translation of Apicius de re Coquinaria, the oldest known cookbook in existence.
It is also one of the few translations of this original Roman cookbook prepared by a professional chef. Joseph Vehling's brilliant translation, extended introduction, and full and helpful commentary combine to bring you a clear picture of what foods the Romans ate, how they prepared them, and the highly developed state of culinary arts in Imperial Rome. There are recipes for cooking fish and seafood, game, chicken, pork, veal, and other domesticated animals and birds, for vegetable dishes, grains, beverages, and sauces; virtually the full range of cookery is covered. There are also methods for preserving foods, revitalizing them, even adulterating them. Some of the recipes are strikingly modern; others use ingredients and methods that have long since disappeared. As the book was originally written for professional cooks working in Rome (perhaps made even more obscure to prevent amateurs from gaining access to the recipes), Joseph Vehling's generous notes are essential for understanding the ingredients and methods used in the recipes and the relationship of Roman cooking to our own traditions. Besides the translation and notes there is much other material, both scholarly and informative, covering cooking in the ancient world, the history and bibliography of Apicius manuscripts and editions, an index and vocabulary of Roman cookery terms, 49 illustrations including drawings by the author and facsimiles from earlier editions, and much more. Needless to say, you couldn't find this information anywhere else.

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Price: $350.00