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A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East

by Richard Tapper

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This book is a collection of essays by a number of scholars. Some are standard factual (and dull) but important, others are much more fun to read. They cover both the history of food from the past, up to eating habits today. This is useful for anyone interested in the foods and food habits of the Near and Middle East. ( )
  lilinah | Apr 17, 2009 |
Lots of articles just the right size. One can read about the history of layered bread, the types of rice eaten, and who eats what when. ( )
  drinkingtea | Apr 27, 2006 |
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Presents the pivotal role of food culture in the Islamic world, from the plains of Central Asia to the Spice Bazaar of Istanbul and the rocky heights of the Atlas Mountains. This book will appeal to anyone interested in food and the culture of food. It is written by respected scholars from varied disciplines, and covers a wide range of geographical areas. This pioneering book considers the culinary cultures of the Middle East in a variety of contexts. Written by scholars from different disciplines - history, sociology, geography, anthropology and literature - it covers a wide geographical area, from Central Asia to Morocco. The contributors discuss various aspects of historical and contemporary processes, including likely origins and diffusions on ingredients and dishes, changes in food production and eating habits, contemporary revivals of traditional cooking, literary representations of food and drink, and the class, gender, and communal dimensions to food. Includes information on Afghanistan, alcohol, almonds, Araqi people, Azarbayjan, barley, butchers, butter, cheese, coffee, color of food, dates, eggs, Egypt, fish, Gilanis, Greece and Greeks, honey, India, Iran, Islam, Islamic Revolution, Israel, Istanbul, Kurds, Kurdistan, Lebanon, meat milk, Morocco, Ottoman Empire, Ramadan, rice, soup, sugar, Syria, Turkey and Turks, water, wine, women, yoghurt (yogurt), etc… (more)

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