Apicius (25 BC) invented baked custard: milk, honey and eggs beaten and cooked in an eartheware dish on gentle heat.

Creation myths commonly describe how the universe was hatched from an egg, often laid by some mythical water bird swimming in the primordial waters...

Early mythmakers viewed both the sun and the egg as the source of all life; the round, yellow yolk even symbolized the sun. In Europe of pagan and Christian times, eggs symbolized life and resurrection.

It took some times for the habit of using eggs in cooking to catch on.

We do hear of thagomata, made from egg whites, and various stuffings using egg yolks.

356) Ancient Roman libum recipe (ancient translation & modern version) These sources are good starting points for an understanding of the topic: The Cambridge World History of Food, Kenneth F.

Kiple and Kriemhild Conee Ornelas, Volume One: Chicken eggs [Cambridge University Press: Cambridge] 2000 (p.

Humans have been consuming eggs since the dawn of human time. 11-12) "Eggs have been known to, and enjoyed by, humans for many centuries. The first domesticated fowl reached North America with the second voyage of Columbus in 1493." ---Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Solomon H.

The history is complicated and diverse; the culinary applications are innumerable. Katz, editor, William Woys Weaver, associate editor [Charles Scribner's Sons: New York] 2003, Volume 1 (p. "The egg...tracks it name back to a prehistoric Indo-European source related to words for 'bird'...

On the other hand the classic cake offered as a sacrifice by the Romans, the libum, called for one egg to a pound of flour.

In the Roman period pastry cooks made much use of eggs for desserts as well as cakes.

They aslo symbolize rebirth, and thus long life and even immortality.