Lunch in Rome - Andreas Viestad
Did you know that the Roman hill of Monte Testaccio is a gigantic dump, a monument to the consumed oil? The artificial hill was made of pieces of broken amphorae, i.e. clay jugs for oil. Monte Testaccio comprises a total of over 50 million amphoras that were used to transport olive oil to the people of Rome. This huge amount of broken amphoras shows how great the demand for oil was in Imperial Rome.
Andreas Viesad tells us this and many other stories of food in his book "Dinner in Rome. The History of the World in One Meal". Lunch at Rome's La Carbonara restaurant in Campo de'Fiori square provides the framework for this book. Savoring a typical Roman meal, Andreas Viestad takes us on a culinary journey, dish after course, through the history of the world and the history of the Eternal City. The author chose this restaurant for various reasons, mainly because it has become his permanent place in Rome, which he always visits.
"We can find more history in a cutlet or a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum or any other monument."
Andreas Viestad, culinary reviewer, TV chef, restaurateur and activist. A longtime host of the New Scandinavian Cooking TV program, publicist of "The Washington Post" and founder of the Geitmyra Culinary Center for Children in Norway, a foundation educating children about food culture. He is the author of fourteen best-selling cookbooks. When not traveling, she divides her time between a farm in Oslo and a farm on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.
" Andreas Viestad, author of a book as charming as it is fascinating, has a real gift for creating pictorial scenes, telling stories, and most importantly - delineating and exploring relationships, making everything clear and exciting . "
From the book we will learn how it is possible that the dispute over how to bake bread contributed to the great schism in the Church, the love of butter became the impetus for the Reformation, and the salt shortage led to the defeat of the Civil War, the outbreak of the Great French Revolution and collapse of the British colonial empire.
We will learn the story of a small village that, thanks to wheat, turned into the center of the largest empire the world has ever seen. We will discover how the lemon influenced the development of the Sicilian mafia. We will follow the trail of tastes and ingredients that changed our civilization....
We will start our way in the Roman market by going through the Olive Garden in Jerusalem and the salt mine in Wieliczka, to answer the fundamental question:
What is the best dish in the world?
Dinner in Rome - world history in one meal - Andreas Viestad
I would like to thank the Znak publishing house for providing a copy of the book for review.