Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia

Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia

by Jean Bottero
     
 


In this intriguing blend of the commonplace and the ancient, Jean Bottéro presents the first extensive look at the delectable secrets of Mesopotamia. Bottéro's broad perspective takes us inside the religious rites, everyday rituals, attitudes and taboos, and even the detailed preparation techniques involving food and drink in Mesopotamian high… See more details below

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In this intriguing blend of the commonplace and the ancient, Jean Bottéro presents the first extensive look at the delectable secrets of Mesopotamia. Bottéro's broad perspective takes us inside the religious rites, everyday rituals, attitudes and taboos, and even the detailed preparation techniques involving food and drink in Mesopotamian high culture during the second and third millenniums BCE, as the Mesopotamians recorded them.

Offering everything from translated recipes for pigeon and gazelle stews, the contents of medicinal teas and broths, and the origins of ingredients native to the region, this book reveals the cuisine of one of history's most fascinating societies. As Bottéro concludes, although the ingredients may have differed, food was prepared in a manner astoundingly similar to how we do it today. Such links to the modern world, along with incredible recreations of a rich, ancient culture through its cuisine, make Bottéro's guide an entertaining and mesmerizing read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226067353
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Abbreviations
Cooking and the Pleasures of the Table in Ancient Mesopotamia1
The Framework, the Region, and the People6
Sources14
Food and Eating36
Fire39
Cooking42
Hearths and Equipment46
Indirect Cooking in Fatty Broth52
Precooking54
Food Preparation Without Heat56
Cooking with Heat64
Cooks and Culinary Tradition75
Drinks87
Meals and Feasts97
The Table of the Gods107
The Table of the Dead118
Food, Life, and Death122
Conclusion125
Notes127
Bibliography133

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