The First Celebrity Chef Wasn’t Marie-Antoine Carême or Julia Child — It Was This Ancient Greek Cook

After France’s royal family was overthrown and many nobles were killed during the revolution, their chefs suddenly found themselves without jobs.

There’s one chef that’s attested to have been famous for his cooking in his lifetime and for writing a cookbook.

Mithaecus likely lived around 400 B.C. and was mentioned to have lived in Syracuse, Italy.

Meet Mithaecus, the Chef Who Made Sicilian Cuisine a Thing

It’s said that his cooking was a bad influence — so good it made people fat — that he was expelled from Sparta.

Mithaecus’ cookbook didn’t survive to our time, but Athaneus preserves one recipe from Mithaecus’ work about how to cook tainia, a fish that Greeks today call Kordella.

You Can Still Eat Mithaecus’ Food. Well, Kind Of.

This simple two-step recipe can be whipped up in an hour tops.

A Greek Fish Bake That Will Give You a Taste of Ancient Greek Fine Dining

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, grease a baking dish. Put your cod fillet in, and add olive oil, salt, pepper, green pepper, onion, and olives.

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