Apicius is a collection of Roman recipes, alternatively known as the ‘De re coquinaria’ (On the Subject of Cooking). The work is dated to the late fourth or early fifth century and was written by Apicius Caelius. The text allows us to gain a better understanding of the culinary habits of the wealthiest classes in ancient Rome and around the surrounding regions.
The name ‘Apicius’ had been long associated with excessively refined food. This is because of Marcus Gavius Apicius, a wealthy man who lived in the first century CE and was famous for his for elaborate tastes.
"Apicius, the most gluttonous gorger of all spendthrifts, established the view that the flamingo's tongue has a specially fine flavour."
|Book 1||Epimeles||The Careful Housekeeper|
|Book 2||Sarcoptes||The Meat Mincer|
|Book 3||Cepuros||The Gardener|
|Book 4||Pandecter||Many Ingredients|
|Book 7||Polyteles||The Gourmet|
|Book 8||Tetrapus||The Quadruped|
|Book 9||Thalassa||The Sea|
|Book 10||Halieus||The Fisherman|