Black Earth, Red Earth, and Lumpy Beer: the Cuisine of Ancient Egypt

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Taught by Andrew Coletti

Andrew Coletti is an educator and lifelong history/mythology/fantasy nerd who has been known to throw ancient dinner parties just for fun. Besides cooking and teaching he loves traveling, writing, and keeping a variety of pets. Follow his recreations of ancient recipes on, or @passtheflamingo on Instagram and Twitter.

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The Greeks and Romans thrived on wine, but their contemporaries the Egyptians were all about beer. Living off the rich “black earth” of the Nile a stone’s throw from the lifeless “red earth” of the desert, the Ancient Egyptians developed a food culture as unique as their environment. Over thousands of years of civilization, they learned to prosper in an inhospitable climate and exploit their great river’s bounty to the fullest.

In this class we’ll learn about the Ancient Egyptian diet and look at some of the ways the Egyptians celebrated food in their art, literature and religion. We’ll also taste some ancient delicacies, including a mummy’s last meal and a recipe taken from the walls of a tomb.

This class is a general overview of Ancient Egyptian food and food culture, with samples. No prior knowledge of the Egyptians is required!

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