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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 10:43 AM

Eat like the ancient Babylonians

November 16, 20198:02 AM ET
Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

The tablets are part of the Yale Babylonian Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum. Three of the tablets date back to the Old Babylonian period, no later than 1730 B.C., according to Harvard University Assyriologist and cuneiform scholar Gojko Barjamovic, who put together the interdisciplinary team that is reviving these ancient recipes in the kitchen. A fourth tablet was produced about 1,000 years later. All four tablets are from the Mesopotamian region, in what is today Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

"The tablets all list recipes that include instructions on how to prepare them," the authors write in a piece about their work published in Lapham's Quarterly earlier this year. "One is a summary collection of twenty-five recipes of stews or broths with brief directions. The other two tablets contain fewer recipes, each described in much more detail" ...

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/11/16/779930201/eat-like-the-ancient-babylonians-researchers-cook-up-nearly-4-000-year-old-recip

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 10:45 AM

1. Ancient Mesopotamian tablet as cookbook

By Gojko Barjamovic, Patricia Jurado Gonzalez, Chelsea A. Graham, Agnete W. Lassen, Nawal Nasrallah, and Pia M. Sörensen

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019



https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/ancient-mesopotamian-tablet-cookbook

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:50 AM

6. Could 'Unwinding" be for

untangling the bowels?

OR, being as there is no meat in it, would the prep process have been shorter? Something to fix after a busy day at a loom?

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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 10:47 AM

2. Wow, thanks for posting!

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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 11:15 AM

3. Thanks.

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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 11:30 AM

4. Oh yum,... I'd love a sample of the lamb.

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Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:03 PM

5. Bake in 1800-2400 degree furnace for two days, cool slowly ...

... oh wait, that's the instructions for the *tablet*.

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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 04:18 PM

7. Credit where it's due

For a long time, says Barjamovic, scholars thought the tablets might be medical texts. In the 1940s, a researcher named Mary Hussey suggested the writing was actually recipes, but "people really didn't believe her" at the time, he says.


Professor Mary Hussey, Mt. Holyoke College, 1876-1952
https://www.scribd.com/document/244000807/HUSSEY-2


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Mon Nov 18, 2019, 07:36 PM

8. Pass the ox, please.

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