Chicago Foodways Roundtable

The Haute Cuisine of Ancient Mesopotamia
Presented by
Karen Wilson, Oriental Institute Research Associate

Saturday, February 28, 2009
10 AM
Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E 58th Street
Street Parking
Cost: $7 per person - Limit: 25 people

The ancient land of Mesopotamia -- today's Iraq -- really did have a haute cuisine, with remarkable recipes for amazing dishes all recorded in cuneiform script on ancient clay tablets. The Oriental Institute Museum features some of the tablets, as well as many other artifacts related to cuisine and cookery in ancient Iraq.

The Oriental Institute's exhibit on ancient Mesopotamia contains a world-renowned collection of art and artifacts that range from prehistoric times (even some food preparation implements from then!) all the way up to a time when the kings of ancient Babylon ruled the known world (as is mentioned in the Bible).

Karen Wilson, the Museum's former director and currently an Oriental Institute Research Associate, has a special interest in Mesopotamian cuisine and cookery. She was curator of the Museum's Mesopotamian collection and is author of an upcoming book highlighting the importance of that collection.

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please call (847) 432-8255, then leave your name, telephone number and how many people in your party or e-mail: CLICK HERE.