- Title: Annals of the Caliphs’ Kitchens
- Autor: Nawal Nasrallah
- Publisher (Publication Date): BRILL (July 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9004158677 | 9004188118
- ISBN-13: 978-9004158672 | 978-9004188112
- File Format: EPUB, PDF
Written nearly a thousand years ago, al-Warraqs cookbook is the most comprehensive work of its kind. This traditional cookbook with more than 600 recipes from the luxurious cuisine of medieval Islam is also a rare guide to the contemporary culinary culture. Its numerous anecdotes and poems unfold the role of food in the politics of Islams golden era.Introducing this elegant translation is a thorough survey of the period and its food culture. An extensive Glossary, in Arabic and English, of medieval ingredients and dishes, and an Appendix of historical figures provide the necessary reference tools for this work. Making this key resource available in English for the first time to scholars and the general reader fills a gap in the cultural history of medieval Islam. Over 30 color illustrations.
This is a fascinating collection of Abbasid recipes that is well worth the price for those interested in the history of food. It is worth getting for just the history alone, with chapters on medieval Baghdad food culture, the alleged medicinal benefits of certain foods, and the vast array of ingredients used during 10th century in the Abbasid capital. But try to cook these dishes, and take yourself back to Abbasid times. It is not easy, as you must convert measurements (ratls and natls to cups, for example), but some of the measurements are given. Get used to “some water” for bread recipes, and enjoy the process. The results are well worth the effort.