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

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Univ of California Press, 2009 M09 14 - 224 pages
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 Purée 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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Having a certain amount of experience with the frustrations of working with medieval recipes, I was not surprised that these are more of an elusive glimpse than a true view of Medieval Islamic Cuisine ... Read full review


Materials Techniques and Terminology49
SweetandSour Dishes76
Roasts Meatballs and Sausages86
Meat Poultry and Vegetable Stews92
Cheese and Other Dairy Dishes106
Cheeses Fermented Condiments and Wine
Meat and Poultry147
Index of Recipes201
General Index207

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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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