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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: "A professor of English and Comparative Literature, the author beckons the reader to "anticipate more than a taste of Iraqi food, expect a cultural immersion experience which will cater to your culinary senses and intellect alike." Straight from the start then she commits to expressing two kinds of hunger: both sensual and intellectual, and it shows." -- Rozanne Gold, The Huffington Post "This second edition of Nawal Nasrallah's 2003 self-published title is more than simply an updated version--it is an altogether different book in design, organization and, to some degree, content. With the look and feel of a textbook, this richly illustrated volume is a serious, scholarly exploration of the foods of the Fertile Crescent from Mesopotamian times through the Middle Ages to the present. Adding significant heft to the 400 recipes are its 73-page introduction, extensive headnotes and intriguing sidebars featuring folkloric tales, poems and historical narratives of visitors to the region, focused on its food and hospitality. We learn about street foods in medieval Baghdad, the origins of lavash (thin flatbread) and favorite Abbasid sandwiches. Already respected among food historians for her translation of the 10th-century Baghdadi cookbook Annals of the Caliph's Kitchen, Nasrallah is sure to gain more acclaim with this significant contribution to the culinary history of the Middle East." -- Tom Verde, Saudi Aramco World, September/October 2013, Between Salt and Sea "The culinary history and food fables weave in and out of the recipes, creating a rich and incredibly engaging book. If you've ever had even a shred of interest in the cuisine from this part of the world, I recommend taking a look at this book. For curious and adventurous cooks, it has enough to inspire our meals for years to come." -- Emma Christensen, Recipe Editor for The Kitchn. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Fully revised edition of the definitive source on Iraqi cuisine and its history. SAVEUR magazine (issue 161, December 2013, p. 24) chose it as one of top 10 cookbooks for the year 2013. 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.

From the Author: SAVEUR magazine (issue 161, December 2013, p. 24) chooses Delights from the Garden of Eden as one of top 10 cookbooks for the year 2013................................................. "Many scholars place the Biblical "Eden" in a massive oasis in southern Iraq. The book, its illustrations, photographs and design, is generous and thoughtful and guides your historical journey through Ms. Nasrallah's personal lens - Eden itself as a metaphor of pleasure and poetry." Rozanne Gold, Huffington Post.................................................................... Ms. Nasrallah has done for Iraqi cuisine what Julia Childs did for French cooking, but to the nth degree.  There are over 400 recipes to be explored, hundreds of beautiful images, and text so meticulous and thoughtful, it could have only been written by someone with incredible knowledge and passion.  Immerse yourself with endless plates full of delicious food and stories of a land and its people so rich with history it will astound you.  A delight in deed. - The Kitchen Journals Editors, Sept. 2014......................................................................A fine introduction to the history and diversity of Iraqi cuisine. Lavishly illustrated, supremely informative, and deeply personal, Nasrallah's publication is far more than an average cookbook or culinary history; instead, it's an adventurous exploration of Iraq's colorful past through food history. This title is unique in not only its breadth - Nasrallah covers everything from exotic ancient desserts to refreshing medieval beverages - but also the way in which recipes are presented in tandem with a sociocultural and historical context.
Ancient History Encyclopedia, online review published  Oct. 15 2014.....................................................................They say immersion is the best way to learn about a people and their culture, and a large part of culture is cuisine. Imagine strolling the streets of Baghdad with a historian on one side, a gastronome on the other, and the locals rushing up to greet you with homemade dishes, and you have Delights from the Garden of Eden. From review by KJ: kitchenjournals.com/2014/10/delights-from-the-garden-of-eden/

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