How to Be a Good Housekeeper, Circa 500
March 25, 2017
Housekeeping books seem to be all the rage. Just look at the furious popularity of Marie Kondo’s, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
But this is really nothing new. Back in the fourth or fifth century (nobody knows when the Roman cookery writer, Apicius actually penned his tome), the author was already offering his readers advice on keeping a happy home. Want to turn that red wine white? Apicius is on the case!
Apicius, who’s best known for his manifesto-length recipes featuring ingredients like liquamin, sea urchin, flamingo, sheep’s bladder, and healthy heaps of fresh frankincense, devoted an entire section of De Re Coquinaria (sometimes translated as “On the Subject of Cooking”) to the household arts. When he wasn’t busy inventing lasagna, it seems Apicius was puttering about the house.
Here are a few of his more entertaining tips.
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Oh wow! That is fascinating! More reasons to be thankful for being a cook in the 21st century.