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Delights From The Garden Of Eden
     

Delights From The Garden Of Eden

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by Nawal Nasrallah
 
This new Iraqi cookbook contains more than four hundred recipes covering all food categories. There is ample choice for both vegetarian and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and are easy to follow.

Introducing the recipes are thoroughly researched historical and cultural narratives that trace the development of

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This new Iraqi cookbook contains more than four hundred recipes covering all food categories. There is ample choice for both vegetarian and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and are easy to follow.

Introducing the recipes are thoroughly researched historical and cultural narratives that trace the development of the Iraqi cuisine from the times of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians, through the medieval era, and leading to its interaction with Mediterranean and world cuisine.

Of particular interest are the book's numerous folkloric stories, anecdotes, songs, cultural explications of customs, and excerpts from narratives written by foreign visitors to the region. Arabic calligraphy, and photos, paintings and sketches add to the pictorial appeal of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403347930
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
02/21/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
664
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.33(d)

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Meet the Author

Nawal Nasrallah, a native of Iraq, was a professor at Baghdad and Mosul universities teaching English literature and language. Besides her cookbook Delights from the Garden of Eden (2003), she is author of Hayy bin Yaqzan and Robinson Crusoe: A Study of an Early Arabic Impact on English Literature (1980), and co-author of Beginner's Iraqi Arabic (Hippocrene Books, 2006). Her book Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens: Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's Baghdadi Tenth-Centurty Cookbook English Translation with Introduction and Glossary (Leiden: Brill) is coming out in December 2007. The author has been giving presentations and demonstrations on the Iraqi cuisine, ancient, medieval, and modern.

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Delights From The Garden Of Eden 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ph56 More than 1 year ago
I got this as a Xmas present and just love it. Recipes are great and so is the history and culture it describes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.