Nawal Nasrallah is an independent Iraqi scholar, passionate about cooking and its history and culture, formerly a professor at the universities of Baghdad and Mosul. An award-winning researcher and food writer, she is the author ofDelights from the Garden of Eden: A Cookbook and a History of the Iraqi Cuisine, the winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2007. She has also published Dates: A Global History. Her English translation of Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's 10th-century Baghdadi cookbook Kitab al-Tabeekh, entitled Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens (Brill, 2007), was awarded "Best Translation in the World" and "Best of the Best of the Past 12 Years" of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2007. Nawal gives talks, cooking demos and classes and presentations on Middle Eastern cuisine, ancient, medieval, and present.