The Oldest Cuisine in the World

Cooking in Mesopotamia

Hardcover, 152 pages

English language

Published April 15, 2004 by University of Chicago Press.

ISBN:
9780226067353
OCLC Number:
52970117

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In this intriguing blend of the commonplace and the ancient, Jean Bottero presents the first extensive look at the delectable secrets of Mesopotamia. Bottero'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 Bottero 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 Bottero's guide an entertaining and mesmerizing read.

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Subjects

  • Cookery, Iraqi -- History
  • Food habits -- Iraq -- History
  • Iraq -- Social life and customs

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