The life of the prophet Muhammad did not have much to do with food. This was a man who spent much of the time eating very little, often fasting and living on nothing but dates and water. The surrounding Arabic culinary culture of the time was also simple, with few homes or tents even having a kitchen.
But Omur Akkor’s book, “Early Islamic Culinary Art,” explores this food nonetheless, and features dishes from Muhammad’s era—foods that are either mentioned in the Quran or in Islamic prophetic traditions. We're going to take a look at a few of these.
Food speaks a lot about the culture that creates it. It is a language all its own, one that tells of things like a want for comfort, a focus on simplicity, or a passion for intensity. And so, because of this, the foods of the past can tell us about where we’ve come from.
And so if you’re curious about the meals of Muhammad, let’s take a look at 8 recipes that evoke early Islamic culinary art.