[Sca-cooks] Is couscous Medieval?

Volker Bach carlton_bach at yahoo.de
Wed Jan 24 23:06:52 PST 2007

Am Donnerstag, 25. Januar 2007 08:27 schrieb Pat Griffin:
> I was under the impression that while couscous could have been made during
> our period of interest, that we have no documentation to that fact.  The
> question has come up on (of all things) the medieval encampments list, and
> set me to wondering.  Can one of my dear friends tell me what the earliest
> reference seems to be?

Perry discusses this in his essay 'Couscous and its cousins' (found in 
Medieval Arab Cookery pp. 233-238). He believes it was invented in North 
Africa around the 11th-13th century. It was certainly established, though 
possibly still quite new, in the fifteenth and known in the fourteenth. 


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