Delights from the Garden of Eden: A Cookbook and History of the Iraqi Cuisine

Hardcover | April 30, 2013

byNawal Nasrallah

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Fully revised edition of the definitive source on Iraqi cuisine and its history First edition awarded the Gourmand World Cookbook Special Jury Award 2007 Originally self-published by the author in 2003, Delights from the Garden became an underground bestseller and award-winner. Now fully revised and updated, this new edition, luxuriously illustrated throughout with colour photos, paintings, medieval miniatures and sketches, displays the diversity of the region's traditional culinary practices, delicious and enduring. The book contains more than 400 recipes, all tested and easy to follow, and covers all food categories with ample choice for both vegetarians and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. Ingredients and cooking techniques indigenous to the region are fully explained. Unlike the majority of cookbooks, the 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 is supplemented with detailed menus and an extended glossary to familiarize the reader with the indigenous ingredients used in creating authentic Iraqi meals. The book is a valuable addition to the shelves of specialized and general libraries and a must-have for food lovers everywhere.

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Fully revised edition of the definitive source on Iraqi cuisine and its history First edition awarded the Gourmand World Cookbook Special Jury Award 2007 Originally self-published by the author in 2003, Delights from the Garden became an underground bestseller and award-winner. Now fully revised and updated, this new edition, luxurio...

Nawal Nasrallah, a native of Iraq, is an award-winning researcher and food writer. Her cookbook "Delights from the Garden of Eden" is acclaimed as the definitive source on the Iraqi cuisine and its history. Of her forthcoming books, soon available for purchase: Second Revised Edition of "Delights from the Garden of Eden", elegantly sty...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:680 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1845534573

ISBN - 13:9781845534578

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A monument to energy, knowledge and enthusiasm. It is an account of origins and development as well as of the complex ethnic make-up of present-day Iraq.' --TOM JAINE, Petits Propos Culinaires