Herb-coated goat cheese, pungent garlic and leeks, succulent lamb, fresh sardines, tender fava beans, honey sweet dates, crunchy pistachios and almonds... Although we usually think of the ancient Hebrews and early Christians eating only "manna from heaven" and the oft quoted "loaves and fishes," the Bible tells us that a cornucopia of delicious foods sustained the inhabitants of the Jordan River Valley. Many ingredients like lentils, leeks, garlic, almonds, figs, olives, wine, barley, and honey remain staples of the contemporary Mediterranean kitchen, yet we know little about their rich legacy.
A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today's Table is inspiredby the 84 primary foodstuffs mentioned in Scriptures. The appropriate Biblical verse heads each of the almost fifty kitchen-tested recipes, as does the explanation of the ingredients' culinary, historical and spiritual links. Twenty-two full color photographs and specially commissioned illustrations make it easy to reproduce the dishes. Sample menus provide new ways to celebrate every occasion, whether secular or religious.
Mainly, A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today's Table is a cookbook as well as a reference, and demonstrates that the people of the Holy Land were simple folk who ate uncomplicated yet wholesome food that has never gone out of style.