In this book Geert Jan van Gelder, Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford,
studies how Arab–Islamic culinary culture was represented in Arabic literature. He thus
contributes to our knowledge of both Arabic literature and, indirectly, Arab–Islamic
gastronomy and cookery. Although representations of food as such are not the finest aspects of
Arabic literature, and the preparation and consumption of food are not the finest aspects of
Arab–Islamic civilization, his perspective throws light on little-studied facets of
Arab–Islamic culture that are worth noting.