With an Introduction by Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Iraq. Edited by May H. Beattie, B.A., Ph.D., with the assistance of Bedia Afnan, Renée Elkab, Helen Gaudin, and Ann Walter. Caricatures by Suad Salim.
Author: BEATTIE, May H
Publisher: Baghdad Published by the Indian Red Cross. Printed at the Government Press. 1946
First edition. Illustrated with caricatures. An uncommon Middle Eastern cookery book.
8vo., original black cloth, title in green, illustration of measuring utensils on pastedowns with scarce pictorial dust jacket. Binding a bit rubbed, wrapper a little chipped with some tissue repairs to verso, ink name otherwise a very good copy.
“In this country of Iraq, through which so many nations have passed, the kitchen has become international in a special sense, as each race has left traces of its culinary art, and visitors to Iraqi homes meet the kind of dishes they have read about in the Arabian Nights: chicken sauced with cream and walnuts, lambs stuffed with nuts and raisins, and ducks braised in pomegranate sauce. It has been difficult for those who have enjoyed such delicacies to make them for themselves, as they are seldom recorded in writing” (Foreword)