Scheherazade's Feasts

Scheherazade's Feasts presents over a hundred recipes for the beverages, meals, and sweets of the medieval Islamic world. Part cookbook and part culinary history, this book contextualizes Arab cuisine in a rich tapestry of trade and conquests, royal tables, and poetic praise of fine food.

Scheherazade's Feasts
Foods of the Medieval Arab World

Habeeb Salloum, Muna Salloum, Leila Salloum Elias

2013 | 232 pages | Cloth $34.95
Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

Note on Translation
Introduction

Appetizers

Green Olive Spread
Labnah with Chopped Greens and Walnuts
Fried Eggs with Vinegar and Spices
Fava Bean Salad
Fava Beans with Yogurt and Garlic
Spicy Chard and Fava Bean Dip
Fava Bean Dip with Fennel and Cumin
Tangy Eggplant Stir-Fry
Seared Eggplant with Walnuts
Pickled Onions
Honeyed Carrots in Rosewater
Cauliflower with Tahini-Walnut Sauce
Hummus with Ground Nuts
Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Coriander
Cold Roasted Chicken with Almonds and Pomegranate Seeds
Cold Roasted Chicken with Lime and Cucumber
Herbed Chicken Salad
An Almond-Mustard Condiment
Herb Sauce for Fish

Soups
Cold Yogurt and Cucumber Soup
Spiced Lamb and Fava Bean Soup
Hearty Lamb and Chickpea Soup
Chickpea and Miso Soup
Aromatic Soup with Rice and Pomegranate Seeds
Squash and Lentil Soup
Meatball and Chickpea Soup

Entrees
Lamb
Lamb and Prune Tajine
Spiced Lamb with Walnuts
Lamb and Sour Apple Tajine
Lentil Stew with Lamb and Swiss Chard
Spiced Lamb and Lentil Stir-fry with Rice
Browned Lamb with Saffron-Cinnamon Rice
Lamb and Rice Porridge
Lamb and Cabbage Tajine
Lamb with Honeyed Onions
Lamb with Greens and Clockwise-Stirred Yogurt
Fried Bananas with Lamb and Hazelnuts
Spiced Lamb and Fennel Tajine
Sweet and Sour Lamb and Vegetable Stew
Savory Meatballs and Cubed Lamb with Coriander
Spice-Infused Cucumbers with Lamb and Walnuts
Asparagus Wrapped in Lamb
Ground Meat with Fried Halloumi Cheese and Spices
The Caliph's Wife's Eggplant and Lamb Stir-fry
Stuffed Eggplant
Lamb and Vegetables with Spiced Onion Sauce
Garlicky Spinach with Buttered Lamb and Chickpeas
Spiced Lamb with Honeyed Apricots
Sweet and Meaty Lamb and Date Kebabs
Spicy Lamb Sausage
Fried Lamb Turnovers Two Ways
Hearty Stuffed Tripe with Lamb, Chickpeas, and Rice
Aromatic Couscous with Veal and Vegetables
Stuffed Dumplings in Yogurt
Chicken
Herbed Chicken Pita Rolls
Chicken Stew with Pomegranate Juice and Pumpkin
Savory and Sour Chicken, Lamb, and Egg Casserole
Grilled Chicken in Yogurt
Fried Meatballs with Pistachios and Honey
Pistachio-Stuffed Roasted Chicken
Chicken and Vegetables in a Tart and Creamy Sauce
Tangy Sumac Chicken
Saffron Chicken Tajine
Zesty Almond and Chicken Pie
Aromatic Chicken with Fried and Boiled Eggs over Toasted Pita
Creamy Stew with Meat and Vegetables
Seafood
Ginger-Fried Shrimp for Lent
Fried Fish with Garlic and Coriander Sauce
Poached and Baked Fish with Fennel
Fried Fish with Tahini and Onions
Walnut-Stuffed Roasted Fish
Summertime Fried Fish
Fried Salmon with Raisins and Almonds
Vegetarian
Sweet Tooth Rice and Yogurt
Sauteed Aphrodisiac Greens
Garlicky Yogurt and Chard
Spiced Chickpea Fritters
Gardener's Vegetable Tart
Desserts
Basic Dessert Elements
Sugar Syrup
Honey Syrup
Rosewater and Orange Blossom Custard Cream

Desserts
Sugared Lettuce
Honey and Almond Candy
Chewy Fruit and Nut Candy)
Mu?ammad's Wedding Cookies
Fried Rosewater Melts
Honeyed Sesame Cakes
Adult Butter Cookies
Caliph's Favorite Shortbread
Sesame-Nut Shortbread
Hazelnut Filo Dough Cake
Fried Dough with Pistachios and Rosewater
Honey-Cream Crunch
Seven-Layer Ricotta Cake
Almond Fingers
Fried Dough Bites
Crunchy Beaded Honey Squares
Crispy Lattice Fritters
Fried Stuffed Pancakes
Sweet Cheese Fritters
Honey-Dipped Almond-Stuffed Rings
Braided Fried Dough with Spices
Aromatic Nut Cigars
Almond-Sealed Stuffed Cigars
Fried Nut Turnovers

Beverages
Hot Sweet Rosewater Drink
Lemonade
Aromatic Honey and Grape Juice Drink for Wintertime
Zesty Mint Drink
Hot Aromatic Honeyed Milk
Pomegranate Seed Smoothie
Sour Apple Syrup
Cold Apricot Drink for Breaking a Fast

Sample Menus for Special Occasions
A Dinner During Ramadan (Breaking the Fast)
A Dinner During Lent
A Dinner During Passover
A Dinner for Christmas
A Dinner Feast Such as That Held in the Caliph's Court

Regal Recipes for Stuffed Meats

Measurements and Metric Conversion Chart
Tools and Ingredients
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments