Ancient Recipes

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Baking Bread with the Romans: Part I – Pliny the Elder’s Leaven

Give us this day our daily bread — and a good bread starter is what we need to make it. But what’s a bread starter, you say? A bread starter, pasta madre, or levain, is what we have used to make bread for millenia long before active dry (instant granulated) baker’s […]

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Tasting Pompeii – Sensory Archaeology and Caupona

This summer I had the privilege of working on the Pompeii Food & Drink Project (PFaDP) for its final field season. For those who are not familiar with the project, Dr. Betty-Jo Mayeske and a team of archaeologists and historians have been painstakingly working at Pompeii (Pompei, Italy) for 17 […]

Pasta Arabica - Ancient Pasta Recipe
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The Life of Food – Pasta Arabica

As a part of ‘The Life of Food’ series we are presenting a group of ancient recipes based on food history gleaned from archaeological data, ancient documentary records, and art. The following recipe was developed by researching theories on the origins of the ubiquitous conventional durum pasta secca, its arrival in the Mediterranean, […]