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The Beginnings of Agriculture: The Ancient Near East and North Africa

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...The Sumerians may have said it best: “Food: That’s the thing! Drink: That’s the thing!” (Gordon 1959: 142). From bread and beer to wine and cheese, the people of the ancient Near East and North Africa developed a rich cuisine based on a set...

Introduction: Food and Commensality in the Ancient Near East

Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is author of Hunger and the Sword; Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars; and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Agricultural Revolution The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of the primitive Enkidu and of Gilgamesh, a citizen of the city of Uruk. Enkidu, a wild man from...

Extract from Book of Genesis

Jeffrey M. Pilcher

Jeffrey M. Pilcher is Professor of History at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is the author of books on food in Mexican and world history, including the prize-winning Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican History, The Sausage Rebellion: Public Health, Private Enterprise and Meat in Mexico City and Food in World History. He is also editor of the Oxford Handbook of the History of Food. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Food History: Critical and Primary Sources : Origins

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Pharaoh’s Dreams 41 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows,...

Brothers in Faith: Islamic Food Activism in Egypt

Food Activism : Agency, Democracy and Economy

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Food, Faith, and Activism The Society of the Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest and largest Islamist movement in Egypt. It was established in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, a primary school teacher. From the start Hassan al-Banna demanded...

The Middle East and South Asia

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...Although the regions we call the Middle East and South Asia constitute a very wide area, their collective culture has been shaped by a shared history from the conquest of Alexander the Great to the Islamic empires. The precepts of Islam...

Hazz al-Quhuf: An Urban Satire on Peasant Life and Food from Seventeenth-century Egypt

Food Between the Country and the City : Ethnographies of a Changing Global Foodscape

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Conceptions and representations of the countryside and its peasant inhabitants are predominantly urban creations. They are products of literate observers and ideologues, litterateurs, politicians, economists, and social theorists, as well...

Egypt

Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia Volume 1 : Africa and the Middle East

© ABC-Clio Inc, 2011

Encyclopedia entry

...Overview Egypt is geographically situated in northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan; it includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula. To the east...

World Developments

Fabio Parasecoli

Fabio Parasecoli is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies at the New School in New York City. Among his publications are Food Culture in Italy and Bite Me: Food and Popular Culture (2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The chapters in this volume have illustrated different aspects of food culture during the Middle Ages in Europe and in the Mediterranean world. This last section is an overview of the techniques, products, food-related behaviors, social...