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

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

by Magda Mehdawy


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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 the cultivation, 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, and ingredients. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774168130
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,076,372
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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.
Amr Hussein, artist and graphic designer, graduated from Cairo University in 1979 with a degree in archaeology.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface 1

1 Food in Ancient Egypt 3

Home and Kitchen 3

Food and Drink in Ancient Egyptian Society 9

Food and Table Manners 11

Special Occasions 12

Food and the Gods 18

2 Bread 25

3 Eggs and Dairy Products 41

4 Meat 49

5 Poultry 61

6 Fish 73

7 Vegetables 87

8 Legumes 101

9 Fruits and Desserts 115

10 Beverages 125

Appendices 133

Food and Language 133

Food and Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt 135

Glossary 145

Notes 151

Bibliography 155

Index 159

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