Dinner in Rome


‘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. Viestad finds deeper meanings in his meal: He uses the bread that begins his dinner to trace the origins of wheat and its role in Rome’s rise as well as its downfall. With his fried artichoke antipasto, he explains olive oil’s part in the religious conflict of 16th-century Europe. And, from his sorbet dessert, he recounts how lemons featured in the history of the Mafia in the 19th century and how the hunger for sugar fuelled the slave trade. Viestad’s dinner may be local, but his story is universal.


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