The Sweets of Araby by Leila Salloum Elias
Enchanting Recipes from the Tales of the 1001 Arabian Nights

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In this storybook-cookbook the authors translate some of the 1001 Arabian Nights stories Scheherazade recounted for Shahryar and adapt ancient recipes for the traditional sweet treats mentioned in them. This vibrant, lovely book brings modern cooks delicacies from one of the world’s magnificent civilizations.


The classic tales of romance and passion in The 1001 Arabian Nights still ignite imaginations centuries after they were written. Within them we learn of the vibrant life of Baghdad, Damascus, and Cairo in the 9th century—and of its many appetites. Food in these stories is currency, temptation, sustenance, and more. In this treasure trove are Aladdin and his magic lamp, outrageous accounts of philandering spouses who get their comeuppance, wealthy merchants, poor beggars, and beautiful women who bring out the best and worst in their men. And with the accompanying recipes you’ll enjoy creating succulent, exquisite morsels to delight those lucky enough to taste them. The Sweets of Araby is a wondrous literary and culinary gem that will take its place among your favorite books and cookbooks. Let it inspire you to create delicacies that will dazzle, excite, and seduce your family and friends.
 

About Leila Salloum Elias

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Leila Salloum Elias is a scholar of Middle East and Islamic Studies. She teaches modern Arabic language and Middle East history at Penn State University and Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, respectively. Muna Salloum holds an advanced degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies. She is the administrative manager of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.
 
Published January 6, 2014 by Countryman Press. 128 pages
Genres: Cooking, Education & Reference, Travel, History. Non-fiction

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Those with a love of fried dough will find a litany of applications here, such as: Luqum al-Qadi, a fried ball of dough stuffed with ground almonds and spices;

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I know how these are supposed to look.' The Sweets of Araby By Leila Salloum Elias and Muna Salloum Countryman Press, 126 pages, $19.95 At this point, our mother walked into the kitchen and said, 'H...

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