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Ancient Recipes, Edible Archaeology, Italy, The Life of Food, Travel & Tourism, Vegetarian

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
Ancient Recipes, Edible Archaeology, Italy, The Life of Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, Videos

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, […]

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Cucina Povera, Italy, The Old-School Kitchen, Vegetarian

Ricotta and Farro Tart – Torta di Ricotta e Farro

Last summer was one of the greatest summers that I’ve ever spent in Rome. I had the pleasure of working at an archaeological site, Monte Testaccio, in Testaccio, excavating and cataloguing thousands of amphorae potsherds with ArchaeoSpain and CEIPAC (University of Barcelona).  More importantly, however, I had the pleasure of working […]

Cheese, Italy, Limone Sfusato, Pasta, The Old-School Kitchen, Travel & Tourism, Vegetarian

A Week in Ravello – Ricotta Ravioli with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

The culinary use of lemons is often limited to garnishes, desserts or liqueurs. But this citrus fruit can do so much more than simply flavour water and liquor and it was eating and cooking in Ravello, Italy that taught me this. The Amalfi Coast isn’t just home to beaches, sun […]