[Sca-cooks] A request for sources on Khazar, or Caspian Sea foods in the 7th through 11th C

Patrick Levesque petruvoda at videotron.ca
Mon Aug 27 12:30:23 PDT 2007


The closest thing that springs to mind is 'Tender Meat Under the Saddle', a
collection of essays which examines the food habits of the nomads in the
Hungarian plains. The time period is about right too. Devra used to stock it
(it's her fault I got a copy!)é

You may want to check Byzantine annals - if I remember correctly they did
have diplomatic relationship with the Khazars. You will probably find a few
descriptions of customs and even eating habits, if you're lucky.


On 27/08/07 13:32, "Steinfeld,  Henry S CIV NAVAIR PMA-209T&E/AIR 1.6.3"
<Henry.Steinfeld at navy.mil> wrote:

> Greetings to the list,
> I did a search to see if this has come up and it has not yet.  I am
> researching my persona which is Khazar, 9th C and looking for
> appropriate foods of the region.  The Khazars resided in the Steppes
> region around the Caspian sea to Kiev.  Their influence included the
> Magyars, Huns, pre-Kievan Rus, Bulgars and were distant relatives of the
> Mongols, Semitic Jews and were considered to be a Turkic people.
> Religiously, they were Shamanists, Muslim, Christian and Jew and they
> generally lived within their Kagantate in a tolerant  peace.
> If you have sources I can investigate (preferably translated) please let
> me know.  If you have recipes from this region, that would be great, I
> would like to do the redactions.  (I will happily take redacted as well)
> So far I have found little that can be documented to the region.
> Thanks
> Khadir bar Yosef
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