Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq

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Abu Muhammad al-Muthaffar ibn Nasr ibn Sayyār al-Warrāq (Arabic: أبو محمد المظفر بن نصر ابن سيار الوراق) was an Arab author from Baghdad. He was the compiler of a tenth-century cookbook, Kitab al-Ṭabīḫ (Arabic: كتاب الطبيخ‎, The Book of Dishes). This is the earliest known Arabic cookbook. It contains over 600 recipes,[1] divided into 132 chapters.[2]

Kitab al-Tabikh[edit]

Kitab al-tabikh is the oldest surviving Arabic cookbook, written by al-Warraq in the 10th century. It is compiled from the recipes of the 8th and 9th century courts of the Abbasid Caliphate in Baghdad. Some scholars speculate that al-Warraq may have prepared the manuscript on behalf of a patron, the Hamdanid prince Sayf al-Dawla, who sought to improve the cultural prestige of his own court in Aleppo as the court in Baghdad had started to decline.[3]

Some recipes in the book like asida - date-sweetened porridge - come from the relatively simple cuisine of the Arabian peninsula, but the book also contains recipes for fancy stews with Persian names. There is also an entire chapter about nabatiyyat, hearty stews of Nabataean origin.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Urtatim. "Kitab al-Tabih". Good Reads. Goodreads Inc. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "كنز من كنوز الحضارة الاسلامية يعود للحياة من جديد". Al Basrah Network. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Zaouali, Lilia (2007). Medieval Cuisine of the Islamic World. University of California Press.

Further reading[edit]

  • Nawal Nasrallah (translator), Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens: Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook, Brill, Leiden 2007. ISBN 90-04-15867-7
  • Kaj Öhrnberg and Sahban Mroueh, eds., Kitab al-tabikh Studia orientalia 60, Finnish Oriental Society, 1987. ISBN 951-9380-04-3
  • Charles Perry, "Cooking with the Caliphs", Saudi Aramco World 57:4 (July/August 2006) full text