Your Cart 
The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook

List Price: $4.22

Add to Cart

Return to the Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook Page

About the author:
About the Editor

Candida Martinelli is a technical and creative writer, and most-importantly, she is a confirmed Italophile. To share her love of Italian culture, in 2003 she established the Italian culture website CANDIDA MARTINELLI'S ITALOPHILE SITE at The website has grown into a popular entertainment and reference site.

She is the author of the cozy-murder-mystery novel AN EXTRA VIRGIN PRESSING MURDER, and the young-adult/adult mystery novel series THE VIOLET STRANGE MYSTERIES.

Candida's creative writing includes screenplay adaptations of her novels, and short scripts and original screenplays. For contact information, and to view the trailers for her books and screenplays, visit Candida Martinelli's writing website at

The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook

Authored by Candida Martinelli

The Book of Cooking in Maghreb and Andalus in the era of Almohads, by an unknown author.

The English text of the book is a translation by Charles Perry, working from the original Arabic, a printed copy of the Arabic and its translation into Spanish, and assisted by an English translation by various persons translating collaboratively the text from Spanish to English.
I have altered the English translation by:
- editing the translated text,
- reorganizing the recipes logically into cookbook chapters,
- adding extra text and explanatory text in brackets,
- repeating some recipes in more than one section for ease of use
- incorporating many of the translator(s) and editor(s) notes into the text, and
- adding a complete Table of Contents and Appendices.

I have made this document into a free-to-download PDF. The free Adobe PDF Reader allows for simple movement between recipes and chapters using a hyperlinked table of contents and bookmarks, and to search easily by any word, any ingredient. You can also easily print out the book or sections of the book.

And you can purchase a print-on-demand paperback book at cost plus shipping via's CreateSpace online company.

This book's original title was:

Kitab al tabij fi-l-Maghrib wa-l-Andalus fi `asr al-Muwahhidin, li-mu'allif mayhul (or majhul).

It means:

The Book of Cooking in Maghreb and Andalus in the era of Almohads, by an unknown author.

It is commonly known in English today as:

The Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook.

The book was complied by a scribe in the 1400s, whose name appeared on the first page of the text, but the first page has not survived the ages. His work contains recipes copied from a number of older works in the 1200s, some surviving and some not surviving independently to today.  

The major part of the English translation is by Charles Perry, a scholar, food historian, and writer of a food column for the L.A. Times. Additional notes are by various other writers, including myself.

Publication Date:
1478123249 / 9781478123248
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / Mediterranean

Site Help Order Help Policies Contact