COOKING APICIUS, Roman Recipes for Today by Sally Granger, published by Prospect Books, ISBN 1-903-01844-7, is a book for DOING. I’m so glad I purchased this book. The author has been involved with Apicius on a larger scale in an academic tome that I want badly, but was too expensive for me. So I took a chance on this smaller and much less expensive book and am THRILLED!
The recipes are clear. There is a marvelous section at the front of the book about the history and what various items were and how they were made and used. Then she gets into the cookbook section. Here we are given insight into techniques that were period and the modern methods that will give similar results with less effort.
I can see myself cooking from this book and not telling my family that they are eating a recipe from the first century AD! How cool is that?
Yes, for a person wanting to cook more authentically for early period, I very highly recommend this practical and delightfully informative little book!