[Sca-cooks] Indian dinner at Pennsic?

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Sun Jun 17 13:39:55 PDT 2007

>Hi Cariadoc?
>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 
and information?

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 Sultan’s book of delights 
>translated by Norah M. Titley.  London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2005.
>xx, 121 p., [516] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
>ISBN: 041535059X (cloth)
>  Niʻmatnāmah-yi 
>  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
>>  >>literature.
>>  >
>>  >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.
>>  --
>>  David/Cariadoc
>>  www.daviddfriedman.com
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