Siren Feasts: History of Food and Gastronomy in Greece by Andrew Dalby

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  • ISBN 10 0415116201
  • ISBN 13 9780415116206
  • Published Nov 09 1995
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Imprint Routledge

Publishers Text

Cheese, wine, honey and olive oil - four of Greece's best known contributions to culinary culture - were already well known 4,000 years ago. Remains of honeycombs and of cheeses have been found under the volcanic ash of the Santorini eruption of 1627 BC. Over the millennia, Greek food diversified and absorbed neighbouring traditions, yet retained its own distinctive character. This social history of Greek food begins with the tunny fishers of the neolithic age, and traces the story through the repertoire of classical Greece, the reputations of Lydia for luxury and of Sicily and South Italy for sybaritism, to the Imperial synthesis of varying traditions, with a look forward to the Byzantine cuisine and the development of the modern Greek menu. The apples of the Hesperides turn out to be lemons, and great favour attaches to Byzantine biscuits. This study seeks to demonstrate the social construction placed upon different types of food at different periods.

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