A Baghdad Cookery Book

A Baghdad Cookery Book : Tthe Book of Dishes (Kitaab Al-oTabaikh)


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For centuries, it had been the favourite Arabic cookery book of the Turks. The original manuscript, formerly held in the library of the Aya Sofya Mosque, is still in Istanbul; it is now MS Ayasofya 3710 in the Suleymaniye Library. At some point a Turkish sultan commissioned very a handsome copy, now MS Oriental 5099 in the British Library in London. At a still later time, a total of about 260 recipes were added to Kitab al Tabikh's original 160 and the expanded edition was retitled Kitab Wasf al-Atima al-Mutada (my translation of it also appears in Medieval Arab Cookery); three currently known copies of K.Wasf survive, all in Turkey - two of them in the library of the Topkapi Palace, showing the Turks' high regard for this book. Finally, in the late fifteenth century Sirvani made a Turkish translation of Kitab al Tabikh, to which he added some recipes current in his own day, the first Turkish cookery book.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 137.16 x 182.88 x 7.62mm | 68.04g
  • BlackawtonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1903018420
  • 9781903018422
  • 159,673

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About Muhammad Ibn Al-H Al-Baghdadi

Kitab al Tabikh, composed by a thirteenth-century scribe we usually call al-Baghdadi, was long the only medieval Arabic cookery book known to the English-speaking world, thanks to A.J.Arberry's path-breaking 1939 translation as 'A Baghdad Cookery Book' (reissued by Prospect Books in 2001 in Medieval Arab Cookery).

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