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89 See Section IX below. 90 See, for instance, Ibn al-NadÊm 156. net) 707. 92 The most passionate about cooking among the Abbasids was Prince IbrahÊm bin al-MahdÊ, half brother of 0§rån al-Raê9Êd. His cookbook enjoyed wide circulation in the medieval Islamic world. 93 Stressing the importance of food hygiene, the anonymous writer of the thirteenth-century Andalusian cookbook, Anw§bal--aydala says that many Caliphs and kings had their food cooked under their supervision, and some, driven by necessity, cooked it themselves (53).
50 It is my contention that both al-Warr§q and al-B§zy§r drew on the same source, an earlier book on hunting. 51 We have evidence that al-Warr§q did use Al-Maß§yid wa ’l-Maã§rid in two more places in his book. The first one is where he quotes Kuê9§jim’s verses urging his son to be kind to him in old age (Chapter 8), and the second, where he mentions that the first to chase the wild animals on horse47 48 49 Also known as Muanis al-Muíaffar. 1 above. See above, Section I. Besides these recipes, Kuê9§jim is credited for a couple more in Istanbul MS ﺳﻤﻚ ﻣﺎﻟﺢ ﻣﻦ ﻋﻤﻞ ﻛﺸﺎﺟﻢ, and the second is a sauce recipe served with fish, mentioned as ﺁﺧﺮ ﻣﻦ ﻛﺸﺎﺟﻢ.
MaÕ9bara ( )ﻣﺨﺒﺮﺓboon companion of Abbasid Caliph alMubta'id (d. 902) has Kit§b al-•abÊÕ9 (187). 4. AÈmad bin al-•ayyib al-SaraÕ9sÊ (ﺍﻟﺴ َﺮ ْﺧﺴﻲ َ )ﺃﺣﻤﺪ ﺑﻦ ﺍﻟﻄﻴﺐ (d. 899) was a confidant of al-Mubta'id (d. 902), and wrote a cookbook for him divided according to the days and months of the year. ’54 ّ ) (d. 903) a dis5. Naãã§Èa, Abå bAlÊ bin Ism§bÊl al-Anb§rÊ (ﻧﻄﺎﺣﺔ tinguished poet and man of letters, his book on cooking is Kit§b al-•abÊÕ9 (73). 6. Ibn ö9urd§ù9bih (( )ﺍﺑﻦ ﺧﺮﺩﺍﺫﺑﻪd. 912) boon companion of Abbasid Caliph al-Mubtamid (d.
Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens: Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook by Nawal Nasrallah