Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens: Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's by Nawal Nasrallah

By Nawal Nasrallah

This English translation of al-Warraqs tenth-century cookbook bargains a different glimpse into the culinary tradition of medieval Islam. thousands of recipes, anecdotes, and poems, with an intensive creation, a word list, an Appendi and colour representation. Informative and exciting to students and common readers.

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Some are neatly divided into chapters based on food categories or ingredients such as Kit§b al-Wußla il§ ’l-0abÊb, Kanz al-Faw§aid and Fi'§lat al-ö9iw§n, and others show lack of organization, and follow the twists and turns of their creators’ whims such as Anw§b al--aydala. Some recipes are coherent and complete while others laconic and sketchy. All the same, as cookbooks coming down to us from the Middle Ages, they are all indisputably valuable gastronomic resources for recipes which, taken together, will help give us a more comprehensive concept of the medieval Arab cuisine in the eastern and western Islamic regions.

This was believed to eliminate undesirable meat odors zafar. 63 “Kit§b al-•ib§Õ9a,” ed. HabÊb Zayy§t. English trans. Charles Perry, “Kit§b al-•ib§Õ9a,” Petits Propos Culinaires 21 (1985): 17–22. 64 Ed. MuÈammad bin à9aqrån, 2nd ed. (Beirut: ò§r al-ó9arb al-Isl§mÊ). 24 introduction to the Aleppan historian Ibn al-bAdÊm (d. 66 He analyzed it and gave a summary of its contents. The book is a practical organized guide divided into ten chapters dealing with perfume compounds, useful kitchen preparations, and food recipes mostly briefly written.

Abå al-Muball§ al-0alaw§nÊ (‫ )ﺃﺑﻮ ﺍﻟﻤﻌﻠّﻰ ﺍﻟﺤﻠﻮﺍﻧﻲ‬might have been a well-known contemporary confectioner, judging from his nickname and recipe. 5. Bidba (‫ )ﺑﺪﻋﺔ‬slave girl and excellent cook of the Abbasid prince Ibn al-MahdÊ (d. 839), known for her sikb§ja and baw§rid dishes. 6. Bår§n (‫( )ﺑﻮﺭﺍﻥ‬d. 884) wife of Caliph al-Maamån, famous for her eggplant dishes. 7. Ibn al-à9iãranjÊ (‫ﺍﻟﺸﻄﺮﻧﺠﻲ‬ à9iãranjÊ (d. 946). ‫)ﺇﺑﻦ‬ son of Abå Bakr al--ålÊ al- 8. Isȧq bin Ibr§hÊm al-MawßilÊ (‫( )ﺇﺳﺤﻖ ﺑﻦ ﺇﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﺻﻠﻲ‬d.

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