Scents and Flavors: A Syrian Cookbook (Library of Arabic Literature #63) (Paperback)

Scents and Flavors: A Syrian Cookbook (Library of Arabic Literature #63) By Charles Perry (Translator), Claudia Roden (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Charles Perry (Translator), Claudia Roden (Foreword by)
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This is book number 63 in the Library of Arabic Literature series.


Delectable recipes from the medieval Middle East

This popular thirteenth-century Syrian cookbook is an ode to what its anonymous author calls the "greater part of the pleasure of this life," namely the consumption of food and drink, as well as the fragrances that garnish the meals and the diners who enjoy them.

Organized like a meal, Scents and Flavors opens with appetizers and juices and proceeds through main courses, side dishes, and desserts. Apricot beverages, stuffed eggplant, pistachio chicken, coriander stew, melon crepes, and almond pudding are seasoned with nutmeg, rose, cloves, saffron, and the occasional rare ingredient such as ambergris to delight and surprise the banqueter. Bookended by chapters on preparatory perfumes, incenses, medicinal oils, antiperspirant powders, and after-meal hand soaps, this comprehensive culinary journey is a feast for all the senses.

With the exception of a few extant Babylonian and Roman texts, cookbooks did not appear on the world literary scene until Arabic speakers began compiling their recipe collections in the tenth century, peaking in popularity in the thirteenth century. Scents and Flavors quickly became a bestseller during this golden age of cookbooks and remains today a delectable read for cultural historians and epicures alike.

An English-only edition.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781479800810
ISBN-10: 1479800813
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 242
Language: English
Series: Library of Arabic Literature