The Classical Cookbook


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  • An updated edition of this best-selling cookbook, which was the first to explore the menus and manners of ancient Greece and Rome.

    Featuring fifty recipes from every strata of classical civilization, this book covers everything from wedding feasts and lavish banquets to street food and simple meals, with step-by-step adaptations for the modern cook.

    The recipes are placed beside descriptions of household life and festivity from across the classical world to conjure the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of daily life, which is complemented by the illustrations throughout with scenes of food, hunting, feasting and carousing from wall paintings, mosaics and Greek vases.

    A perfect gift for cooking enthusiasts, classicists or anyone with an interest in food history.


    Andrew Dalby is a classics scholar, linguist and food historian.
    Sally Grainger was a professional chef with a degree in Ancient History who is now a food historian, specializing in Roman food and ancient baking techniques.

  • Product code: cmc22755
    Exhibition: Pompeii and Herculaneum
    Authors: Andrew Dalby and Sally Grainger
    ISBN: 9780714122755
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 176 pages
    Size: 20cm x 17.5cm
    llustrations: 70 colour
    Weight: 0.515kg
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  • Featuring fifty original recipes for you to recreate, this beautifully illustrated cookbook reveals what people really ate.

More than just a collection of recipes, this book is a treasure in itself.
Waitrose magazine

Written by a food historian who happens to be a classics scholar, with an archaeologist who happens to be a chef, The Classical Cookbook is a mouth-watering introduction to the food from Ancient Greece and Rome… It gives fascinating information about the two ancient societies and their eating habits.
The Good Book Guide

We have concentrated in this book on foods that are available and worth the attention of a modern cook. These recipes deserve to be used...
Sally Grainger, author

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