Culinary Cultures of the Middle East

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Covering an immense geographical area, from Central Asia to Morocco, this book explores a wide range of topics. Included in the book are discussions of food production, the role of food in contemporary national cultures, medieval culinary traditions and changes in eating habits.

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Overview

Covering an immense geographical area, from Central Asia to Morocco, this book explores a wide range of topics. Included in the book are discussions of food production, the role of food in contemporary national cultures, medieval culinary traditions and changes in eating habits.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850437420
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/1994
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Transliteration
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Food Production in the Middle East 19
2 National, Communal and Global Dimensions in Middle Eastern Food Cultures 33
3 From the Caucasus to the Roof of the World: a culinary adventure 49
4 Social Reality and Culinary Fiction: the perspective of cookbooks from Iran and Central Asia 63
5 The Meyhane or McDonald's? Changes in eating habits and the evolution of fast food in Istanbul 73
6 The Taste for Layered Bread among the Nomadic Turks and the Central Asian Origins of Baklava 87
7 Rice in the Culinary Cultures of the Middle East 93
8 Al-Kishk: the past and present of a complex culinary practice 105
9 The Revival of Traditional Cooking in Modern Arabic Cookbooks 143
10 Jewish Food in the Middle East 153
11 Food and Gender in a Yemeni Community 159
12 You Are What You Cook: cuisine and class in Mecca 173
13 Eating Habits and Cultural Boundaries in Northern Iran 185
14 Beyond Taste: the complements of colour and smell in the medieval Arab culinary tradition 205
15 Blood, Wine and Water: social and symbolic aspects of drinks and drinking in the Islamic Middle East 215
16 Of Leaven Foods: Ramadan in Morocco 233
17 Food as a Semiotic Code in Arabic Literature 257
Bibliography 281
Index 295
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