The Fertile Crescent region has long been regarded as pivotal to the rise of civilisation. Alongside the story of human development, innovation, and progress, there is a culinary tradition of equal richness and importance. The Culinary Crescent shows Heine’s deep knowledge of the cookery traditions of the Umayyad, Abbasid, Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal courts. In addition to a fascinating history, Heine presents more than seventy recipes—from the modest to the extravagant—with dishes ranging from those created by the celebrity chefs of the bygone Mughal era, up to gastronomically complex presentations of modern times. Beautifully produced, designed for both reading and cooking, and lavishly illustrated throughout, The Culinary Crescent is sure to provide a delectable window into the history of food in the Middle East.
Peter Heine taught at the University of Münster and Bonn and until 2009 was Professor for Islamic Studies at the Humboldt-University in Berlin.
Peter Lewis is the translator of such works as Roger Willemsen’s The Ends of the Earth and Johannes Fried’s Charlemagne.
Click here to read a review of The Culinary Crescent by Professor David Waines.