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Food of the Arabian Nights: An Introduction to Medieval Arab Cuisine’

30th April 2016, 11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Professor Daniel Newman, Durham University

IMEMS has a long-standing relationship with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and you are warmly invited to the ninth public lecture on medieval food at the restaurant.

We are pleased to be able to offer a huge 40% early-bird concession rate of just £15.00 (usual price £25) to IMEMS members and friends whilst availability lasts.

This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book click here and enter the word STUDENT when prompted. Places are limited and this is a very popular event so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tea and coffee and a suitably delicious medieval 3-course lunch included - please note all food allergies should be communicated to the restaurant prior to booking.

Food and health went hand in hand in the Islamic holistic tradition of medicine. This may explain why a rich culinary tradition emerged as early as the 9th century, when the first cookbooks were produced, often at the request of powerful rulers, some of whom were keen cooks themselves. The great variety in dishes (approximately 700) was matched by highly creative cooking techniques and tools, as well as a veritable gourmet culture, in which the appreciation of good food and drink was a mark of great refinement. The link between food and sexual well-being was also there from the start as the number of aphrodisiac references makes clear. The presentation will look at the main features of medieval Arab food, and trace its history, including the spread and influence on various Western cuisines and dishes.

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.