[Sca-cooks] Indian dinner at Pennsic?
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Sun Jun 17 13:39:55 PDT 2007
>Are you not familiar with the Nimatnama?
Haven't seen it. Sounds interesting. How much of
a cookbook is it--in terms of number of recipes
On Amazon it's very expensive. I'll have to check
if my school's library has it.
> I have re-read your post here several times and I
>can't tell if you have seen this book. It is
>15th Century Mughal from the sultanate of Mandu.
>If you don't have it, it is well worth the price
>and has just been published in the last two
>years. Here is the LC record for it:
>The Niʻmatnāma manuscript of the
>sultans of Mandu : the Sultans book of delights
>translated by Norah M. Titley. London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2005.
>xx, 121 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
>ISBN: 041535059X (cloth)
> Cookery--India--Māndu--Early works to 1800.
> Sultans in art--Early works to 1800.
> Manuscripts, Urdu--India--Māndu--Facsimiles.
> Illumination of books and manuscripts,
>Indic--India--Māndu--Early works to 1800.
> Māndu (India)--Court and courtiers--Food--Early works to 1800.
>Thank you for mentioning the Akbarnama. I have
>found a 3 vol. copy in English for $45 + the cost
>of shipping from India. It would be interesting
>to compare the Akbar list with the Ni'mat
>recipes and see if there are any cross-overs.
>--- David Friedman <ddfr at daviddfriedman.com> wrote:
>> > > > I'm camping with Little India, who are doing their Biyari, period
>> >> >Indian dinner on Tues night.
>> >>Do you know what their sources are? Period Indian cookbooks are a bit
>> >>scarce, although there are, of course, food references in the
>> >I've been asked research some recipes from the Nimatnama. Someone
>> >else is doing some research too, and I don't know what sources she
>> >is using. I helped cook three years ago, I saw a copy of the
>> >recipes when we were cooking, but was not able to get a copy for
>> >myself. The food was very good and seemed appropriate, but I really
>> >don't know how close to the source they were. If you have any
>> >suggestions I'll share them with the lady who is charge.
>> The one source I know is the _Akbarnama_. It has ingredient lists
>> for, I think, thirty dishes--quantities but no instructions, the
>> opposite of the usual medieval recipe. It also has instructions for
>> making bread and for distilling arrack.
>> If they have other primary sources, it would be worth posting
>> something about them here. At one point I thought I was on the trail
>> of one but I never managed to locate it, and it was a long time ago.
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