It was the political and cultural center of the Arab world during its height. The city was a melting pot of cultures, foods and ideas that attracted people from as far north as Scandinavia and as far south as Africa. Within 100 years of its establishment, there were lush gardens, elaborate villas, and great libraries. This was THE city to be in – the ‘navel of the world’. The city of medieval Baghdad!

Join John and renowned Iraqi historian and author Nawal Nasrallah, as they uncover the fresh produce scene of golden age Baghdad. What role did food and produce play in the daily lives of this impressive city? Why were vegan dishes referred to as not “real” food? How important was agriculture to this society? And what impact did this city from the 8th century leave on our world today?

In Sponsorship with Cornell University: Dyson Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

“Delights from the Garden of Eden” by Nawal Nasrallah:

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