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Sweet Delights from a Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets

Sweet Delights from a Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets
Habeeb Salloum, Muna Salloum, Leila Salloum Elias

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Which dessert is named after the heroic third-century Queen Zenobia of Palmyra? Which luscious rice pudding shares its name with the eighth-century Abbasid Caliph al-Ma'mun? How does one make the perfect Baqlawah? Blending cookery with culture and recipes with history, this is the fascinating and delectable story of traditional Arab sweets. The authors here take us on a culinary journey across Iraq, Syria, Egypt and al-Andalus, presenting readers with clear and easy-to-recreate recipes from across the medieval Arab world. Filling the tables of caliphs and noblemen, these sumptuous desserts of saffron and rose water conjure the opulence and grandeur of the medieval Islamic world. Bringing together tenth- to fourteenth-century Arabic texts, the authors retrace the history of these sweet dishes, reviving the original recipes and following their development and influence over the centuries into non-Arabic speaking lands. Honey, dates, figs and pomegranates are just a few ingredients featured in this exquisite selection of mouth-watering desserts which have been modernised for cooks to try at home, all woven together with medieval poems and stories.

From delicious pastries, filled with pistachios and fragrant syrups, to luscious puddings, biscuits, and pies, it is the ideal addition to any kitchen. A unique insight into Middle Eastern culinary history, this book is a must-have for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Author Info

Habeeb Salloum is a freelance writer and author. He has written several books, including 'Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary' and 'Journeys Back to Arab Spain', in addition to five cookbooks that deal with Arab cuisine. Muna Salloum is a freelance writer and author. She holds an MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto, specialising in the socio-economic history of the Arabs in Spain. She is the author of The 'Sweets of Araby', co-authored by Leila Salloum Elias. Leila Salloum Elias is a freelance writer and author. She holds an MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto, specialising in Arabic literature in Arab Spain and the story of the early Arab immigrants to the US. She too is the author of several books, including 'The Sweets of Araby', co-authored by Muna Salloum. Habeeb, Muna and Leila have also co-authored a forthcoming book titled 'Medieval Delights from the Arabian Nights: Recreating the Kitchen of Medieval Arabs'.

Review

'This is a luscious treasury of stories from history as rich and involving as Scheherazade’s One Thousand and One Nights. It includes mouth-watering dessert recipes, making for an insight into Arab culinary history that feeds the mind as well as the senses.'
Metro

'A fascinating historical read plus an extensive treasury of recipes from a vibrant region.'
My Custard Pie

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781780764641
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2013
Number of Pages: 272
Illustrations: 33 colour in 16pp plates

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