The Pharaoh's Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypt's Enduring Food Traditions by Magda MehdawyThe Pharaoh's Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypt's Enduring Food Traditions by Magda Mehdawy

The Pharaoh's Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypt's Enduring Food Traditions

byMagda Mehdawy, Amr Hussein

Paperback | March 1, 2017

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Judging from the evidence available from depictions of daily life on tombs and in historical texts, the ancient Egyptians were just as enthusiastic about good food and generous hospitality as are their descendants today. Magda Mehdawy and Amr Hussein have done extensive research on thecultivation, gathering, preparation, and presentation of food in ancient Egypt and have developed nearly a hundred recipes that will be perfectly recognizable to anyone familiar with modern Egyptian food. Beautifully illustrated with scenes from tomb reliefs, objects and artifacts in museum exhibits, and modern photographs, the recipes are accompanied by explanatory material that describes the ancient home and kitchen, cooking vessels and methods, table manners and etiquette, banquets, beverages, andingredients. Traditional feasts and religious occasions with their own culinary traditions are described, including some that are still celebrated today. A glossary of ingredients and place names provides a useful guide to unfamiliar terms.
Magda Mehdawy holds a degree in archaeology from the University of Alexandria. She is the author of My Egyptian Grandmother's Kitchen (AUC Press, 2006), which received the Al-Ahram Appreciation Prize for the original Arabic edition in 2004. She lives in Alexandria.
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Title:The Pharaoh's Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypt's Enduring Food TraditionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774168135

ISBN - 13:9789774168130

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"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 Egyptiandishes, 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 ofhistory, 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