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Ancient Rome Foods

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Cooking Up Some World History!

50 Authentic, Easy-to-Make Recipes from All Periods of World History!

Like many civilizations before them, bread was the main sustenance for ancient Romans. In fact, having grain was considered a right. In times of famine or war, grain was given away. As they conquered the world, ancient Romans recognized the need to keep their people fed. Because of the many foods available from the conquered people, there were many choices of grain. Soon, even the type of grain was a sign of wealth and standing.

The average person, or plebeian, ate barley, millet, or rye. Wealthy citizens had refined wheat, which was made into white bread. They also enjoyed other exotic foods, which they served to their guests during dinner parties that would last for hours. Plebeians used commercial bakeries to have their grain processed and baked, then generally ate their bread with simple vegetables, or ate with others at public taverns. What you ate, how you ate it, and with whom you ate was a sure sign of your social status.

Recipes from Ancient Rome included barley, millet, or rye.

Roman Honey Cakes

The ancient Romans often sweetened their bread with honey or cheese.

Pear Patina

This recipe combines different flavors that the ancient Romans enjoyed!

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A photograph of a roman honey cake
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