The Royal Asiatic Society Special Event (ticketed): Nawal Nasrallah: Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table: A Fourteenth-Century Egyptian Cookbook

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On Monday 13th of May the Royal Asiatic Society will host an exclusive talk by award-winning researcher and food writer Nawal Nasrallah on the subject of her translation of Kanz al-fawāʾid fī tanwīʿ al-mawāʾid, a fourteenth-century Egyptian cookbook, entitled Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table.

It is the only surviving cookbook from a period when Cairo was a flourishing metropolis and a cultural haven for people of diverse ethnicities and nationalities. Now available for the first time in English, it has been meticulously translated and supplemented with a comprehensive introduction, glossary, and 117 color illustrations to initiate readers into the world of the Kanz al-fawāʾid.

This event will provide valuable insights for scholars of medieval material culture, and for all lovers of good food and cookbooks.

The event will begin at 6.30pm and will be introduced by Professor Doris Behrens-Abouseif.

Following the event there will be a food and drinks reception, where attendees can sample dishes made using recipes from the book

Tickets are £15 for members and £20 for non-members. To purchase a ticket please follow the PayPal link on this page: