Confucius once said, "Study the past, if you would divine the future." Today, I am pleased to offer you the opportunity to consider a full proposal for Ancient Eats, a fascinating historical culinary guide written by my client Interventional Cardiologist and Professional Chef Michael S. Fenster, more affectionately known as Doctor Mike.
Ancient Eats is all about exploring the foods of those civilizations representing the greatest of human accomplishment and endeavor. It is a detailed and entertaining journey into humanity's culinary past. This historical culinary guide book searches out what is preserved in the antiquarian record, but for history to be a living thing it must nurture the future.
Tastes and needs change with time. The diets of the past connect to the future by what exists in contemporary cuisine. Ancient Eats is part No Reservations. This book reflects how the style and content of the ancient menu evolved and morphed over the millennia. It examines these effects by exploring the modern cuisine of the region and that region's impact on global gastronomy.
Ancient Eats provides a backdrop and glimpse into the foundation of Dr. Mike's Grassroots Gourmet philosophy of food preparation and consumption; covered in detail in his previous book Eating Well, Living Better: A Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).This method is leading a taste driven health conscious culinary revolution. But Ancient Eats is much more than a mere prequel. The return to local and fresh ingredients as highlighted in the Grassroots Gourmet approach is the modern movement of choice. Thus Ancient Eats serves as a sourcebook for contemporary eats that are both delicious and nutritious.
Finally, it is part cookbook and gastronomic guide. Each chapter concludes with Dr. Mike, The Grassroots Gourmet, detailing a modern interpretation of an ancient classic. Staying true to the original techniques, textures, flavors, and ingredients he unlocks the power of these ancient eats for the modern kitchen and demonstrates how they can be harnessed for our current needs.