The oldest Arab cookbook has a recipe for wine and ‘the ultimate hangover cure’

This is by far one of the coolest posts I’ve seen on this blog since I started following it.

Lords of the Drinks

The oldest Arab cookbook  dates back from 10th century Baghdad. The oldest Arab cookbook dates back from 10th century Baghdad.

The oldest cookbook from the Arab world dates back from 10th century Baghdad. Nice, you may think, but what does that have to do with drinking? Well, in Kitab al-Tabikh (Book of Cookery) the writer Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq didn’t just collect recipes for culinary dishes but also a lot for all kinds of health problems, including a hangover cure. Al-Warraq also gives a recipe for a strong kind of wine. Not bad for a time when alcohol was more or less forbidden in the Abbasid Caliphate.

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