Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens

Ibn Sayy?r Al-Warr?q's Tenth-Century Baghdadi Cookbook
Author: al-Muẓaffar Ibn Naṣr Ibn Sayyār al-Warrāq
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004158677
Category: History
Page: 867
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This English translation of al-Warraq’s tenth-century cookbook offers a unique glimpse into the culinary culture of medieval Islam. Hundreds of recipes, anecdotes, and poems, with an extensive Introduction, a Glossary, an Appendix, and color illustration. Informative and entertaining to scholars and general readers.

The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta

Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer
Author: David Waines
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857730657
Category: Travel
Page: 240
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Ibn Battuta was, without doubt, one of the world’s truly great travellers. Born in fourteenth-century Morocco, and a contemporary of Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta has left us an account in his own words of his remarkable journeys throughout the Islamic world and beyond: journeys punctuated by adventure and peril, and stretching from his home in Tangier to Zaitun in faraway China. Whether sojourning in Delhi and the Maldives, wandering through the mazy streets of Cairo and Damascus, or contesting with pirates and shipwreck, the indefatigable Ibn Battuta brings to vivid life a medieval world brimming with marvel and mystery. Carefully observing the great diversity of civilizations that he encountered, Ibn Battuta exhibits an omnivorous interest in such matters as food and drink, religious differences (among Christians, Hindus and Shia Muslims), ideas about purity and impurity, disease, women and sex. Recounting the many miracles that its author claims to have experienced personally, his al-rihla or ‘Travelogue’ is a fascinating mosaic of mysticism and reportage offering a prototype magic realism. David Waines discusses the subtleties of the al-rihla, revealing all the wonders of Ibn Battuta’s world to the modern reader. This is a gripping treatment of the life and times of one of history’s most daring, and at the same time most human, discoverers.

Day of Honey

A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
Author: Annia Ciezadlo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416583947
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 382
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The author discusses her marriage to a man from Beirut, the bond she forged with her Lebanese in-laws, and how she found love, good food, and a meaningful life, despite dividing her time between wartorn Iraq and Lebanon.

Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia

Author: Amy Aisen Kallander
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292753934
Category: History
Page: 287
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In this first in-depth study of the ruling family of Tunisia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Kallander investigates the palace as a site of familial and political significance. Through extensive archival research, she elucidates the domestic economy of the palace as well as the changing relationship between the ruling family of Tunis and the government, thus revealing how the private space of the palace mirrored the public political space. “Instead of viewing the period as merely a precursor to colonial occupation and the nation-state as emphasized in precolonial or nationalist histories, this narrative moves away from images of stagnation and dependency to insist upon dynamism,” Kallander explains. She delves deep into palace dynamics, comparing them to those of monarchies outside of the Ottoman Empire to find persuasive evidence of a global modernity. She demonstrates how upper-class Muslim women were active political players, exerting their power through displays of wealth such as consumerism and philanthropy. Ultimately, she creates a rich view of the Husaynid dynastic culture that will surprise many, and stimulate debate and further research among scholars of Ottoman Tunisia.

Sweet Invention

A History of Dessert
Author: Michael Krondl
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569769540
Category: Cooking
Page: 400
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A social, cultural, and—above all—culinary history of dessert, Sweet Invention explores the world’s great dessert traditions, from ancient India to 21st-century Indiana. Each chapter begins with author Michael Krondl tasting and analyzing an icon of dessert, such as baklava from the Middle East or macarons from France, and then combines extensive scholarship with a lively writing style to spin an ancient tale of some of the world’s favorite treats and their creators. From the sweet makers of Persia who gave us the first donuts to the sugar sculptors of Renaissance Italy whose creativity gave rise to the modern-day wedding cake, this authoritative read clears up numerous misconceptions about the origins of various desserts, while elucidating their social, political, religious—and even sexual—uses through the ages.


A Global History
Author: Nawal Nasrallah
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 186189984X
Category: Cooking
Page: 136
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In Dates, Nawal Nasrallah draws on her experience of growing up in the lands of ancient Mesopotamia, where the date palm was first cultivated, to explore the history behind the fruit. Dates have an important role in their arid homeland of the Middle East, where they are a dietary staple and can be consumed fresh or dried, as a snack or a dessert, and are even thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. In this history, Nasrallah describes the central role the date palm has played in the economy of the Middle East. This informative account of the date palm’s story follows its journey from its land of origin to the far-flung regions where it is cultivated today. Along the way, Nasrallah weaves many fascinating and humorous anecdotes that explore the etymology, history, culture, religion, myths, and legends surrounding dates. For example, she explains how the tree came to be a symbol of the Tree of Life and associated with the fiery phoenix bird, the famous ancient goddess Ishtar, and the moon, and how the medjool date acquired its name. This delightful and unusual book is generously illustrated with many beautiful images, and supplemented with more than a dozen delicious date recipes for savory dishes, sweets, and wine.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Category: History
Page: 528
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Delights from the Garden of Eden

A Cookbook and History of the Iraqi Cuisine (Abbreviated Version of the Second Edition)
Author: Nawal Nasrallah
Publisher: Equinox Publishing (Indonesia)
ISBN: 9781781794579
Category: Cooking
Page: 440
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This is an abbreviated version of the award-winning and highly acclaimed second edition published in 2013, beautifully illustrated throughout, and displays the diversity of the region's traditional culinary practices, delicious and enduring. This edition contains 300 of the original 400 recipes, all tested and easy to follow, and covers all food categories. Ingredients and cooking techniques indigenous to the region are fully explained, with practical ways for making them in the convenience of our modern kitchens, such as baking the Iraqi flat tannour bread and sammoun, and grilling fish masgouf way. Unlike the majority of cookbooks, this book uniquely traces the genesis and development of the Iraqi cuisine over the centuries, starting with the ancient Mesopotamians, through medieval times and leading to the present, aided throughout by the author's intimate native knowledge of cookery. Of particular interest are the book's numerous food-related folkloric stories, reminiscences, anecdotes, songs, poems, excerpts from narratives written by foreign visitors to the region, and cultural explications of customs, all interwoven with the recipes. The book's comprehensive glossary helps familiarize the reader with the indigenous ingredients used in creating authentic Iraqi meals, with substitutes suggested without compromising taste or tradition. This book is a valuable addition to the shelves of specialized and general libraries alike, and a must-have for food lovers everywhere.


Author: Walahfrid Strabo,Joachim Vadianus
Publisher: N.A
Category: Botany
Page: 146
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Die Tänzerin im Schnee

Author: Daphne Kalotay
Publisher: Aufbau Digital
ISBN: 3841204384
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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Sie tanzten nur einen Winter ... Was treibt eine junge Frau dazu, ihr Heimatland, ihren Ehemann und ein neugeborenes Kind zu verlassen? Schmerzhaft und schön erzählt Daphne Kalotay die Schicksalsgeschichte einer gefeierten Primaballerina. Ihr großer, bewegender Roman, der in 19 Sprachen übersetzt wurde, handelt von der Schönheit des Tanzes, dem Geheimnis alten Bernsteinschmucks und von fatalem Freundes- und Liebesverrat. In Boston beschließt die ehemalige Ballerina Nina Rewskaja, ihre Schmucksammlung versteigern zu lassen. Einst wegen ihrer Grazie und Schönheit „Schmetterling“ genannt, ist sie nunmehr an den Rollstuhl gefesselt. Der Bostoner Professor Grigori Solodin glaubt, besagter Schmuck sei der Schlüssel zu einem lange verborgenen Geheimnis. Mit Hilfe der Auktionatorin Drew Brooks versucht er, das Rätsel der Primaballerina zu lösen. Damit entfesselt er eine schmerzliche Geschichte, die zurück ins Moskau der Nachkriegszeit führt. Eine Geschichte, die von Terror und Verrat, von Leidenschaft und Kunst und der langsamen Auslöschung der Menschlichkeit handelt. Mit umfangreichem Hintergrundmaterial zum Bolschoi-Theater, zur Stalinzeit und zu Bernsteinschmuck, inklusive Autoreninterview und Ballett-Glossar.

Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table

A Fourteenth-century Egyptian Cookbook
Author: N.A
Publisher: Islamic History and Civilizati
ISBN: 9789004347298
Category: History
Page: 704
View: 9803

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The fourteenth-century Egyptian cookbook, Kanz al-fawāʾid fī tanwīʿ al-mawāʾid, is a treasure trove of 830 recipes of dishes, digestives, refreshing beverages, and more. Here, for the first time, it has been meticulously translated into English and supplemented with a comprehensive introduction, glossary, illustrations, and twenty-two modern adaptations of its recipes.

Traktat über die Derwischmützen (Ri̇sāle-i̇ tāciyye) des Müstaqīm-zāde Süleymān Sāʻdeddīn (st. 1788)

Author: Müstakimzãde Süleymãn Sadeddĩn
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004120488
Category: History
Page: 243
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This source publication deals with dervish headcoverings (tac) in the Ottoman Empire and offers a full terminology of this realm. The basis of the book is a late 18th century treatise of a Naqshbandi scholar, Mustaqim-zade Suleyman Sadeddin (d. 1788) from Istanbul.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature
Author: Thomas Spencer Baynes
Publisher: N.A
Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Page: N.A
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Im Land der Männer

Author: Hisham Matar
Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag
ISBN: 3641227348
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Ein ergreifender Roman über eine Kindheit in Libyen zur Zeit der Revolution Gaddafis Suleiman ist neun Jahre alt, als sich die Welt, wie er sie kennt, für immer verändert. Es ist der Sommer 1979, und Tripolis liegt im gleißenden Sonnenlicht. Die Maulbeeren sind so süß, als kämen sie direkt vom Himmel. Aber es geschehen Dinge, die Suleiman nicht versteht und die ihm niemand erklärt. Denn Suleiman soll nicht wissen, dass sein Vater im Untergrund gegen Revolutionsführer Gaddafi arbeitet – und muss doch erleben, wie sich das Netz des Sicherheitsapparates immer enger um die Familie legt.