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Muslim Food

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Cooking Up Some World History!

50 Authentic, Easy-to-Make Recipes from All Periods of World History!

From the beginning, Islam has had strict dietary rules. These rules define what is , things that are good and pure. They instruct people to eat in moderation and are meant to help keep a Muslim healthy. This may seem constricting, but in truth, Muslims have a rich and diverse culinary history.

Because of invasions and immigration, Muslim food has origins from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. This variety is found in their literature and cookbooks. Their stories include descriptions of lavish banquets and spectacular dishes. The oldest surviving cookbook contains recipes from kings and caliphs. These meals were served on low tables with fine tablecloths made of leather and followed guidelines that included hand-washing, the order of service, and the manner in which each dish was served. It was considered sophisticated and elegant to serve each food on its own plate.

The influence of early Islamic foods continues today in the dishes available in the Middle East; even some European dishes have their origins from this area. As you try these dishes remember that they do not just follow rules, they also follow a rich tradition.

Muslim recipes have origins from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Baba Ganoush

This recipe is similar to common hummus, but has a more exotic flavor.


This refreshing mint drink is still in use today!

Cooking Up Some World History cookbook front cover
A photograph of baba ganoush
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