Ancient recipes

Secret recipes, like Kentucky Fried Chicken’s 11 herbs and spices and Bush’s Baked Beans, are not so secret anymore.

Mass production requires some “fiddling” with ingredients to meet consistency, packaging and safety requirements, leading to a loss of originality. Grandma’s home cooking, quoting a local TV advertisement, was “often imitated but seldom duplicated.”

Collecting cookbooks is a popular hobby, a step back in time. Ancient recipes provide a fascinating glimpse into the culinary traditions and daily life of early civilizations, found on clay tablets, papyrus scrolls or in early texts....

 

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