An­cient bites

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Food -

YOU wouldn’t find the an­cient Greeks en­cour­ag­ing their chil­dren to have their five-a-day. They be­lieved that too much fruit could cause fevers. And if you hap­pened to be an an­cient Egyp­tian, mush­rooms would be off the menu un­less you were one of the elite. Only Pharaohs ate the pre­cious fun­gus as they were as­so­ci­ated with im­mor­tal­ity. Those are just two of the sto­ries told in The Story of Food, a fas­ci­nat­ing and beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated his­tory of ev­ery­thing we eat, which is pub­lished by DK. It costs €28 in hard­back.

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