a short snail history
Snails have been enjoyed by people for millennia in many places throughout the world. Many Italian homes during the Roman empire had their own little "cochlea gardens" where families grew snails for their own use and enjoyment. It was only during the late 19th century that snails became a "luxury" food. Since then, most people only know of one dish containing escargots--escargot de Bourgogne aka, snails drenched in butter, garlic and parsley and jammed back into shells (not even their own!). But there are so many more ways to enjoy them!