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Textes Culinaires Mesopotamiens
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Textes Culinaires Mesopotamiens

by Jean Bottero 6
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The oldest surviving recipes in the world, dating from the mid-second millennium B.C.E., are here given their definitive transcription, translation, and commentary by a renowned Assyriologist and master chef. Examining each recipe in detail, Bottero identifies, insofar as we are able, the ingredients to be used, the methods of preparation, garnishment, and the presentation of the finished culinary delight. The series editor, Jerrold S. Cooper, also provides an English translation of the introduction and of the recipes.

Winner of the 1996 Langhe Ceretto/Societa Editrice Internazionale Prize for food and wine culture.

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Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Publication date: 1995
Bibliographic info: x + 252 pages + 9 plates
Language(s): French


Cover: Cloth



"Obscure terms and special uses abound, each expertly examined, so that the translations are as clear as possible."--A.R. Millard in Society for OT Studies(1996)
"It is often said that the preparation of good food takes time. This is no less true with the edition of the culinary texts from Mesopotamia. Long in preparation, Bottero's masterful study was worth the wait....a rich savory discussion of culinary techniques, ingredients, and general insights into the role of cooking in Mesopotamian society. Bottero shows extraordinary skill in dealing with particularly difficult cuneiform texts. A welcome addition to the important series. Of special value to those interested in the subject of food in the temple and cult in the ancient Near East."--David I. Owen, Cornell University in Religious Studies Review (Vol. 22, No. 2/April 1996)
"A feast for those interested in ancient cooking and the early history of what the author calls the 'Arabo-Turkish' culinary complex."--Internationale Zeitschriftenschau fur Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete(Vol. 41, 1994/95)

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