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Archestratus The Life of Luxury- Quotes from Athenaeus Pt3
"Archestratus of Gela or Syracuse, the Sicilian who circumnavigated the world (ie the Med) to satisfy his hunger..."
Was he a poet, a gourmand, a philosopher, a traveller?
In the final part of our trilogy we explore the last of the Athenaeus quotes in Deipnosophistai - aka Philosophers at Dinner- the only literally source we have surviving quotes from the legendary poem of Archestratus,
"Hydipatheia" or The Life of Luxury where as an ancient version of Anthony Bourdain goes around the Greek world finding where the best fish, the best wine, the best bread comes from, how to eat it, and, crucially how not to ruin said ingredient.
Plus a recipe or two for parrotfish.
Music by Miltos Boumis and Pavlos Kapralos.
This episode comes with the welcome support of Maltby and Greek, UK's No1 Greek Delicatessen!
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6. Around the Ancient Roman Kitchen - Cooks, Bakers, Cheesemakers46:41Hello!I'm very excited about this episode! Farrell Monaco is a culinary & experimental archaeologist, and bread-baking addict! Especially of the ancient Greco-Roman variety...So what better person to chat about the ancient cuisine? And it's a very thought-provoking and thoughtful. Who were the people (and the animals!) who did the hard work?Currently in California -where she was when we spoke online- but mostly researching in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia about ancient Greco-Roman breadways.More info on bread from Pompeii by Farrell Monaco:https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20230629-adoreum-the-newly-discovered-flatbread-fresco-of-pompeiihttps://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20230406-arculata-the-bread-that-survived-pompeiiApuleius and The Golden Ass:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_AssEtruscan Tarquinian Tombs:https://tarquiniaturismo.com/tomb-of-the-triclinium/?lang=en Farrell's website and blog:https://tavolamediterranea.com/Enjoy!Thom & The Delicious Legacy
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3. Bake Across Europe39:52Nights drawing in. It gets colder and wetter outside.We tend to stay in more. Cosy. Get to cook more warm foods. The autumn and winter seasons have many festivities and celebrations. These, need something special to mark the occasion. A cake, a dessert...But even a bread is something I'd consider baking now...In the summer? no way I would have that oven on! ahahaha!And what is a spit roast cake?!!?Let's explore some traditional, unique and quirky desserts from the corners of Europe together with Kristin, a curious baker, a baker who wants to eat her way across traditional European desserts, and between you and me, who can blame her?Kristins channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/@BakeAcrossEuropeEnjoy!Thom & The Delicious Legacy
2. The Lost Supper - An Interview with Taras Grescoe40:38Where do you go if you want to find the plant Silphium?And what the heck is Axayacatl?Join me on this episode for a great discussion I had with author and journalist Taras Grescoe. His latest book "The Lost Supper" will be published on November 9th in UK and so I managed to secure a pre-release copy and ask him all the important questions!Taras through his quest for past flavours, is perhaps the first westerner in nearly 2000 years that have chewed on the root of "Silphion" the legendary plant and spice for Greek and Roman cuisine! Bold claim huh? What did he find in a remote plain in the centre of modern Turkey?How did his own home-made Garum tasted like? And who makes the best modern garum? The archaeologists in Spain or the fishermen of Vietnam?A key message of the book is that in Diversity there is Resilience. And all the diversity in our food systems is diminished constantly by the Industry.These and a lot more in our interview here!Buy Taras book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-lost-supper/taras-grescoe/9781771647632More details about The Ark of Taste:https://slowfoodusa.org/ark-of-taste/orhttps://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/what-we-do/the-ark-of-taste/Music by Pavlos KapralosTranscript for inaudible parts:12min 25sec in:“She advised me as I made my own garum and the interesting thing is of course it’s a pretty straightforward process you allow with salt, small fish, in my case portuguese sardines to liquify…”15 min 39sec:“We do well to include them in our diet especially given the population pressure i decided to go down to mexico city …”21min 13 sec:“I grew up in somewhere what some people call it British Colombia I prefer to call it Illahee Ch uk,which means where the land meets the sea, I grew near Vancouver Island…”22min 25sec:“ a variety of plant foods and of course the aquatic resources and especially the salmon ….so it was my goal was to find that root and to see if someone will offer my some hospitality its amazing food it is a complex carbohydrate…”23min 35sec:“...which is almost like a Scottish fried bread which they are not really good for your health those things whereas the camas was excellent. There’s one thing about the camas you have to be careful there are two kinds of camas, blue camas and white camas and the white camas is also known death camas and a single taste of it it can paralyse you” Thanks for listening! Join me on Patreon for bonus 7 extra minutes of bonus content on this episode!https://www.patreon.com/posts/lost-supper-with-91141070?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_linkLove,The Delicious Legacy
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