Epicurean Food Trivia - Garum?

  • I was going to ask this of michelepinto privately but it might be of wider interest:

    I keep reading that a big part of the ancient diet was garum - some kind of "fish sauce.". For example: https://www.asor.org/anetoday/…FC3IeqnQu60e9aeY6tZDZAci8

    Does anyone know what a modern equivalent of this would be available maybe through something like Amazon? I would like to try it but want to be sure to get an authentic style!

    I see there are lots of options here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=garum+fish+sauce+roman

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    Changed the title of the thread from “Epicurean food trivia - garum?” to “Epicurean Food Trivia - Garum?”.
  • Tasting History had a great episode on garum of you haven't seen it:

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    That's also some other great Greek and Roman food covered in his channel.

    I think any Southeast Asian fish sauce would be a possible alternative. I don't think Worcestershire sauce would be!

  • Since we're on the subject, I did recently have a conversation with a young man from Texas who tells me that cow udders are a delicacy in those parts. With a decent bottle of red, one, though of modest means, might nevertheless dine like an aristocrat.


    If you miss udders and draughts of Chian wine, you will see at least sincere friends and you will hear things far sweeter than the land of the Phaeacians. But if you ever cast your eyes on me, Piso, we shall celebrate the twentieth richly instead of simply.


    Going from memory, I believe that bread and water (Diogenes Laertius) and a 'pot of cheese' (Usener) will round out the attested fare.