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AuthorPeter Heine
PublisherGingko Library
Publication Date15/Nov/18
Book DescriptionThis cultural history of Middle Eastern cuisine combines scholarship with passion: Professor Peter Heine's knowledge of the culinary traditions of the Omayyad, Abbasid, Ottoman, Safavid, as well as Moghul courts, is matched by his love for the tastes and smells produced by the contemporary cooking. And in order to share his enthusiasm with his readers he has added over one hundred recipes: some from modern times, others handed down by the celebrity chefs of the Moghul Empire, and even some with promises to taste of paradise. These elegant cloth-bound volume, printed in colour, provides a window in the history of food in the Middle East.
Editorial ReviewA concise, digestible and enthralling read with stories, recipes, and illustrations from across the Arab world, Iran and Turkey to show the significance cuisine has had on the region over the past 1,500 years. The work covers countries from Morocco to India, and delves into the traditions of the Umayyads, Abbasids, Mughals and Ottomans to uncover the cultural markers of these ages. . . . An essential read to learn more about Middle Eastern cuisine, but also to understand more about the region's history and relationships with other parts of the world.--New Arab "A love letter to Middle Eastern food in all its varieties."--Follow the Crumbs "'Heine's book is so packed with fascinating information and anecdotes that if you are anything close to a food aficionado it would be very hard to put it down. He writes very engagingly and knowledgeably; he is completely at home with his subject and presents it to his readers with enthusiasm and gusto. Heine manages, in a little more than two hundred pages, to cover more than a thousand years of culinary history and practices, showing readers how and why this particular form of cuisine has become so popular in the West, and immensely expanding our knowledge of it."--Asian Review of Books "Heine weaves together Islamic dietary prescriptions, a political and economic food history of the Middle East, and a colorful oeuvre of recipes in a fascinating account of the region's cuisine across the ages. Drawing on medieval Arabic and Persian poetry, Islamic legal rulings, ancient and modern cookbooks, and academic scholarship on the region, Heine provides an easy-to-read introduction to the gastronomic side of Middle Eastern culture. . . . Detailed recipes intersperse the text, a gesture which makes Heine's historical account compelling, relatable, and even edible. Intended for the general reader, this book is of interest to culinary enthusiasts and those seeking a fresh angle on the Middle East's place in global history. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE
About the AuthorPeter Heine taught at the University of M nster and Bonn and until 2009 was Professor for Islamic Studies at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. Peter Lewis is the translator of such works as Roger Willemsen's The Ends of the Earth and Jonas L scher's Barbarian Spring.
Number of Pages232

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