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Delights From The Garden Of Eden

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Awesome book

    My boyfriend is from Iraq and I have been searching for a long time for a cookbook so I can cook the foods he likes. I found this book at the library and I love it!!!! I plan on buying it so I can keep it. It has all the recipes that he loves in it. It's so hard to find Iraqi recipes and this book has them all. I reccomend it to anyone who wants to learn to cook Iraqi food!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2003

    Saudi Aramco World reviews this book

    Alice Arndt, Saudi Aramco World, March/ April, 2003. The author of this labor of love grew up in Iraq, taught English and American literature at the universities of Mosul and Baghdad and now lives in the United States. She begins the book with a tender thought for the Iraqi mothers who ¿must find it hard these days to put food on the table.¿ But she has faith that, ¿innovative as they are, they will nonetheless come up with a treat to cheer up their families, simple and yet delicious.¿ Nasrallah explains that Iraqi cuisine has a distinctive character due to the interaction of many different cultures there over a very long history. She traces its roots to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians in the land that was also home to Noah and to Abraham. Her reference to the Garden of Eden in the title is no mere evocativeness: She traces it to the Sumerian land ¿Edin¿¿one of a number of illuminating etymologies she points out. Nasrallah reminds us that ¿the first documented `cookbook¿ in human history was written in Akkadian on clay tablets, in the land of Babylon, about 3700 years ago.¿ Much later, in the medieval period, Baghdad under the Caliphs became a renowned center of gastronomy, and again under the Ottomans the Iraqis participated in yet another outstanding cuisine. The 650 pages of this work contain more than 400 recipes reflecting these historic connections and all the glories of contemporary Middle Eastern cooking: breads, soups, appetizers, stews, rice dishes, meat, fish, pastries, desserts of all kinds and beverages. Menus are suggested for every occasion. Interspersed are anecdotes, commentary, table etiquette, memories and substantial history. This book is not just an introduction, but a thorough overview of a diverse, delicious and enduring cuisine.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Great book!

    I got this as a Xmas present and just love it. Recipes are great and so is the history and culture it describes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Excellent book!!

    Brings back memories of my childhood, includes all the iraqi recipes, and some kurdish. The historical and factual information is also very informative and interesting, highly recommended.

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