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Edesia is the Roman Goddess of Food Who presides over banquets. With Bibesia, the Goddess of Drink, She ensured that the feast went well and the food was excellent. Her name comes from the Latin verb edes, “to eat” or “to consume”, and both She and Bibesia were given offerings during the meal to ensure their presence and blessings. She is the numen, or divine spirit, of feasting, which was apparently considered a magical and important act by the Romans deserving of its own Goddess. The verb edes can also mean “to spend money on food”, connecting Edesia with luxury as well as with city life, in which most food was bought, rather than like in the country where the people grew much of their own food.

Roman banquets could be quite elaborate affairs, with many courses offered. Roman cooking was quite advanced and fairly specialised, and they ate a rather wider variety of foods than we do in modern times. Given the attention given to food preparation and feasting in Roman times, Edesia perhaps can be thought of as the patron Goddess of gourmet food.

I will write here about my adventures in food-related areas. This would be about dishes I cooked, the feasts I threw for friends or was at where food reigned supreme. I shall also post my personal reviews of restaurants I visited in some of the cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC where I do spend extended times staying. If you are looking for resources, such as cooking schools or chefs I learnt from or would want to learn from, stores to buy food stuff, I would occasionally list those as well.  You can reach them by searching by the tag “Resources”. The other useful tags to keep in mind are “Reviews” and names of cities, which would pull up reviews of restaurants I have reviewed.

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