Book Review

The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines:
China, Greece and Rome

Kiera Hafoc mentioned this book to me, And when I saw it offered by the History Book Club, I bought a copy. It you have ever caught any of Jeff Smith's shows on Public Television, you know how entertaining he can be. He writes just like he talks.

The book does cover three ancient cuisines, but what you get is basically modern cooking from three ancient cuisines with a few old recipes adapted to modern taste and ingredients. You will note a distinct lack of primary sources in the bibliography. This is not to say that you should stay away from the book. On the contrary; it is amusing and witty, and has some recipes you probably won't find many other places--like "Live Drunken Shrimp" and "Looed Duck feet". Smith has adapted several recipes from Apicius, such as "Chestnuts and Lentils Apicius":

Source: Jeff Smith. The Frugal Gourmet Cook, Three Ancient Cuisines: China, Greece, and Rome. William Morrow and Company, 1989. ISBN: 0-6887S89-4

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