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1. Title Title of document That Little Street in Baghdad - Delights from the Garden of Eden
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Nawal Nasrallah;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Cookery; Food History
4. Subject Keyword(s) Iraqi cuisine; Middle Eastern cookbook; Iraqi food history; food in the Middle East; Iraqi culture
5. Subject Subject classification Iraqi Cuisine
6. Description Abstract At the crossroads of several eastern and western

cultures, Iraq had the ideal ingredients for a multiracial

society. Nowhere was this pluralistic culture more

evident than in the little street in Baghdad where I

grew up. It was a middle-class neighborhood, with

eucalyptus trees lining both sides of the street. In

springtime the air would be filled with the intoxicating

fragrance of the blossom on the citrus trees that were

planted all along the fences. Those shady places were

like magnets for the local children, where we used to

play, fight, reconcile, tell stories, and chatter about

everything and anything. As lunchtime approached, the

main meal of the day, we started playing our guessing

game as the welcome aromas of food drifted out of

the simmering pots and meandered along our street.

We would sniff these floating aromas and guess

whose mother was cooking what that day. Although

the dominant smell would be that of stew and rice,

which were cooked practically every day, the guessing

would still be intriguing, for there were so many kinds

of stews to identify. And almost always there would be the distinctive aroma of a special dish, and we knew

that one of us would soon be called by his or her mother

to distribute samples of that dish for the neighbors. As

the custom had always been, it was not thought right

to send back the neighbor’s dish empty, so it would be

returned with a comparable dish that was equally, if

not more, delicious. Thus, our guessing game was kept

alive by this exchange of hospitality, and from those

little dishes coming and going, we came to learn a lot

about people from all walks of life, and of diverse ethnic

and religious backgrounds. Such diversity was not a

unique situation in the city of Baghdad, which across

the centuries became a melting-pot of sorts for all

these groups.

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
8. Contributor Sponsor(s)
9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jan-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
11. Type Type
12. Format File format PDF
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.33874
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Delights from the Garden of Eden
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Iraq
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd