Dinner in Rome

Andreas Viestad


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Reaktion Books
1 September 2023
ISBN: 9781789147827
232 pages

From the publisher

'There is more history in a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum,' writes Andreas Viestad in Dinner in Rome. From the table of a classic Roman restaurant, Viestad takes us on a fascinating culinary exploration of the Eternal City, and global civilization. Food, he argues, is history's secret driving force. From the starter of bread, Viestad traces the origins of wheat and its role in Rome's rise and downfall; from his sorbet dessert he recounts how the hunger for sugar fuelled the slave trade. Viestad's dinner may be local, but his story is universal. His 'culinary archaeology' is an entertaining, flavourful journey across the dinner table and time. You'll never look at spaghetti carbonara the same way again.