Medieval Cuisine of the Islamic World
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Medieval Cuisine of the Islamic World : A Concise History with 174 Recipes

By (author) Lilia Zaouali , Translated by Malcolm B. Debevoise , Foreword by Charles Perry

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Vinegar and sugar, dried fruit, rose water, spices from India and China, sweet wine made from raisins and dates - these are the flavors of the golden age of Arab cuisine. This book, a delightful culinary adventure that is part history and part cookbook, surveys the gastronomical art that developed at the Caliph's sumptuous palaces in ninth-and tenth-century Baghdad, drew inspiration from Persian, Greco-Roman, and Turkish cooking, and rapidly spread across the Mediterranean. In a charming narrative, Lilia Zaouali brings to life Islam's vibrant culinary heritage. The second half of the book gathers an extensive selection of original recipes drawn from medieval culinary sources along with thirty-one contemporary recipes that evoke the flavors of the Middle Ages. Featuring dishes such as Chicken with Walnuts and Pomegranate, Beef with Pistachios, Bazergan Couscous, Lamb Stew with Fresh Apricots, Tuna and Eggplant Puree with Vinegar and Caraway, and Stuffed Dates, the book also discusses topics such as cookware, utensils, aromatic substances, and condiments, making it both an entertaining read and an informative resource for anyone who enjoys the fine art of cooking.

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 149.86 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • 14 Sep 2009
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 32 color illustrations
  • 0520261747
  • 9780520261747
  • 190,791

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Lilia Zaouali was born in Tunisia and earned a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University Sorbonne-Paris. She has taught at the University of Jussieu Paris-7 and the Sarah Lawrence American Academy. The author of numerous essays and scientific articles, Zaouali is a contributor to SLOW, among other journals.

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"Engaging and informative... A valuable addition to the literature on medieval Arab cuisine." Gastronomica: Journal Of Food & Culture "Provide(s) enough historical context for the reader to fully appreciate the important role that Islamic culinary history has." Choice "A remarkable book... It's bright and entertaining and ... can be enjoyed by all." San Francisco Examiner "A truly unusual book... Intriguing." Sunday Business Post

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