The Pharaohs Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypts Enduring Food Traditions


How to cook and eat like the ancient Egyptians, from the author of My Egyptian Grandmothers Kitchen.
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How to cook and eat like the ancient Egyptians, from the author of My Egyptian Grandmothers Kitchen.
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"Food historians as well as adventurous cooks are bound to appreciate this tasty testimony to ancient Egyptian cuisine. As its title suggests, this painstakingly researched volume provides a fascinating glimpse into the kitchens of Pharaonic times. Magda Mehdawy, who holds a degree in archeology from the University of Alexandria, and Amr Hussein, a graduate in archeology from Cairo University, have gone to great lengths to recreate dishes gleaned from hieroglyphs and descriptions in ancient tombs and manuscripts, and adapt them for the contemporary table. Detailed appendices even include sections on "Food and Language" and "Food and Hieroglyphs." If dishes such as Crocodile Date Loaf or Pickled Palm-Tree Pith fail to entice you into the kitchen, you can still treasure this unusual cookbook as an excellent reference on the gastronomy of ancient Egypt."--Saudi Aramco World

"The Pharaoh's Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypt's Enduring Food Traditions is more than a cookbook - it is a wealth of culinary lore and history. Full-color photography of tomb reliefs and artifacts from museum exhibitions as well as freshly prepared reconstructions of ancient Egyptian dishes, prepared just as they were thousands of years ago, illustrate this exceptional cookbook. The text offers more than thorough, step-by-step instructions for recreating the foodstuffs that archaeology shows ancient Egyptians served at banquets and dinner tables. There is also a wealthy of history, from how ancient peoples used certain ingredients to ward away parasites or spoilage, to etiquette of the era, to notations on how many of these dishes are prepared and served in Nubia today. A truly unique and extraordinarily worthy addition to exotic cookbook shelves."--Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774163104
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 673,117
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MAGDA MEHDAWY holds a degree in archaeology from the University of Alexandria. In 2004, she was awarded the Al-Ahram Appreciation Prize for the original Arabic edition of My Egyptian Grandmothers Kitchen. She lives in Alexandria.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface 1

1 Food in Ancient Egypt 3

Home and Kitchen 3

Food and Drink in Ancient Egyptian Society 9

Food and Table Manners 11

Special Occasions 12

Food and the Gods 18

2 Bread 25

3 Eggs and Dairy Products 41

4 Meat 49

5 Poultry 61

6 Fish 73

7 Vegetables 87

8 Legumes 101

9 Fruits and Desserts 115

10 Beverages 125

Appendices 133

Food and Language 133

Food and Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt 135

Glossary 145

Notes 151

Bibliography 155

Index 159

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