Unfortunately, the taste of Roman cuisine
hasn't been documented. It is, however, possible to form ourselves a
close enough idea by preparing the recipes that have come down to us
under the name of Apicius. According to my own experience the taste
of most dishes is familiar enough to be palatable and exotic enough
to be surprising. Looking for parallels in culinary traditions of our
own times, we will find the closest resemblance in North-African cuisine.
Lavish use of fresh coriander and cumin seed, the stewing of meat together
with fruit, the blending of salt and sweet: all of that we clearly recognize
in many Moroccan dishes.