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Friday, 12 August 2011

Marcus Gavius Apicius

Marcus Gavius Apicius was a Roman gourmet and lover of luxury, who lived sometime in the 1st century ADA. He spent vast sums to satisfy his craving for exotic foods and The Roman cookbook Apicius is oftenattributed to him.

His recipes included numerous spices such as pepper intended to preserve food, aid the digestion, and improve the flavour of the dull Roman fare. "Sprinkle with pepper and serve" is the last step in a recipe for diced pork and apples from one cookbook. He even recommended the use of pepper in sweet desserts.

Apicius' colossal banquets drove him to bankruptcy. Calculating how little money he has left, he decided to poison himself rather than turning to a more modest way of living.

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