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Byzantine Cuisine

15.05.2017 in Gastronomy

Byzantine diet and cuisine: In between ancient & modern gastronomy (The following are selected excerpts from the book “Flavours and Delights, Tastes & Pleasures of Ancient and Byzantine Cuisine”) He who has dined with the emperor does not go straight to the tavern. Like this one, a lot of the views expressed in the “Life of Theodore of Sykeon” (mid-sixth century – 612) bear witness to a transitional period between ancient and Byzantine gastronomy. The saint was familiar with both ends of the spectrum alluded to in the quotation: the tavern in his youth and the palaces of Constantinople in…