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Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean
edited by Anny Gaul, Graham Auman Pitts and Vicki Valosik
University of Texas Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-4773-2459-2 | Cloth: 978-1-4773-2457-8
Library of Congress Classification TX725.M628
Dewey Decimal Classification 641.5956

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Melding the rural and the urban with the local, regional, and global, Levantine cuisine is a mélange of ingredients, recipes, and modes of consumption rooted in the Eastern Mediterranean. Making Levantine Cuisine provides much-needed scholarly attention to the region’s culinary cultures while teasing apart the tangled histories and knotted migrations of food. Akin to the region itself, the culinary repertoires that comprise Levantine cuisine endure and transform—are unified but not uniform. This book delves into the production and circulation of sugar, olive oil, and pistachios; examines the social origins of kibbe, Adana kebab, shakshuka, falafel, and shawarma; and offers a sprinkling of family recipes along the way. The histories of these ingredients and dishes, now so emblematic of the Levant, reveal the processes that codified them as national foods, the faulty binaries of Arab or Jewish and traditional or modern, and the global nature of foodways. Making Levantine Cuisine draws from personal archives and public memory to illustrate the diverse past and persistent cultural unity of a politically divided region.


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