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τῷ ψωμῷ: sc. ἄρτου or σίτου. ψωμός is a sop or morsel of bread, in N. T. ψωμίον, cf. John xii. 26, 30.

ὄψων: here, dainty dishes.

λυμαινομένη: calculated to spoil.

ἣν ὀψοποιεῖται, : than that which he practices, who.

πλείω μέν γε τῶν ὀψοποιῶν συμμειγνύων: as he mingles more ingredients even than the cooks. For the abridged comparison, see on κοινότερον τῶν ἄλλων i. 1. 3.

δὲ ... συμμειγνύων: equivalent to ταῦτα δέ, ἐκεῖνοι μὴ συμμειγνύουσιν, συμμειγνύων.

ἐκεῖνοι: i.e. οἱ ὀψοποιοί.

καταλύει: renders useless. Cf. καταλύει τὸν ἱππέα Eq. xii. 5.

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