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Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia$
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Jean Bottero

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780748613878

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613878.001.0001

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The Oldest Cuisine in the World

The Oldest Cuisine in the World

(p.43) Chapter 3 The Oldest Cuisine in the World
Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Jean Bottéro

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the existence of the oldest cuisine in the world. There remains Mesopotamia. It establishes an impressive inventory of the goods that formed the ancient Mesopotamians' everyday fare: cereals, various vegetables, fruit. All these indigenous ingredients were so varied that the Mesopotamians never imported from abroad, so to speak, in spite of the intensity and geographical extent of their trade even before the third millennium. Archaeologists have unearthed many remains of a very abundant range of kitchen utensils, with the names of several containers and culinary utensils of all kinds. These are all data which enable one, a priori to some extent, to assume that very diversified techniques and almost infinite combinations of treatments for preparing food were used in that ancient country: in short, an authentic ‘cuisine’.

Keywords:   cuisine, Mesopotamia, Mesopotamians, cereals, vegetables, fruit, trade, utensils, food

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