Sunday, July 06, 2008
Ancient Egyptian Kitchen: Toronto Museum
The first photos show kitchen workers (tomb figures) baking bread on a fairly large scale. The man with the large staff and the one standing behind him are doing two steps in the process of grinding grain. Two bakers are at work kneading the dough, and the crouching figure at right is reaching towards a beehive-shaped oven. In the next scene, butchers and a cook are at work.
Brewing beer and baking bread were two closely related processes in ancient Egypt (as in many other cultures). The mash from the beer provided the starter for the rising of the bread -- and leftover bread could go into beer along with ground barley. The earliest evidence of brewing and baking in Egypt -- or anywhere -- is in 4000 BCE.