Posted on September 26, 2018

The rich culinary heritage of Andalusia was showcased at a special live cooking event organized at the Qatar National Library, in partnership with Spain’s Islamic Culture Foundation of Madrid. Juan Ramón Sobero, head chef at La Liga Lounge at the Sheraton Grand Doha, and Inés Eléxpuru, author of Cooking in Al-Andalus: Culinary Magic and Seduction, led the workshop.

Participants learned several of Al-Andalusian recipes during the event, the concluding activity of the three-month-long ‘Gardens of Al-Andalus’ exhibition, which was brought to the Library by the Islamic Culture Foundation. The exhibition showed the Spanish Muslim garden from different perspectives. In the Al-Andalusian period, hundreds of botanic species from the East were introduced and acclimatized to Spain. These new species continue to be used in landscape gardening, cosmetics, pharmacopeia and cuisine.

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Commenting on the event, Ada Romero Sanchez, Special Collection and Exhibitions Coordinator at Qatar National Library, said: “As the national library, we are committed to reviving centuries-old traditions and connecting people from across cultures. This event was a prime opportunity for Library visitors to learn about Muslim civilization in Al-Andalus and its contributions to the region and its range of cuisine, and how they still live on.”

Inés Eléxpuru, one of the exhibition’s organizers, said: “The entire exhibition and special events such as this demonstration are a way to exchange culture, research and learning with our peers in Qatar. We are proud to have partnered with Qatar National Library for this event, which has enabled us to highlight important historical and cultural elements common to both Qatar and Spain.”

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