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Oh yes, Kiya. Make him love you, make him hold you in his highest regard….
When Naomi’s sisters are snatched up to be taken to be wives of the erratic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, she knows they won’t survive the palace, so she offers herself in their place. The fearsome Commander Horemheb sees her courage, and knows she is exactly what he is looking for…
The Great Queen Nefertiti despises Naomi instantly, and strips her of her Hebrew lineage, including her name, which is changed to Kiya. Kiya allies herself with Horemheb, who pushes her to greatness and encourages her to make the Pharaoh fall in love with her. When Akhenaten declares Kiya will be the mother of his heir, Nefertiti, furious with jealousy, schemes to destroy Kiya.
Kiya must play the deadly game carefully. She is in a silent battle of wills, and a struggle for who will one day inherit the crown. If she does bear an heir, she knows she will need to fight to protect him, as well as herself, from Nefertiti who is out for blood.
I seriously don’t know anything about this time period, other than annual Easter viewings of The Ten Commandments (which is always like, six hours longer than I remember it being). So, I was interested in what Katie had to explain about food during the time period. Because, you know. I like snacks.
Meat wise, the Egyptians ate food like pork, lamb, mutton, duck, eggs, beef, veal and fish. I wasn’t able to find if they ate chickens or not, it’s likely, since they definitely had eggs, but those could have been duck or other fowl eggs, maybe even crocodile!
Here are some basic fruit, vegetables and grains they ate. Naomi/Kiya mentions most of these foods at some point throughout the books. I don’t know exactly what type of apple they ate, but apples were definitely a popular fruit. Chickpeas were probably used in a similar way to rice or potatoes today, as a filler and a side. They also ate dates, lettuce figs, and pomegranate, Naomi’s favorite fruit.
The Egyptians brewed beer. It was pretty close to a staple, and drunk regularly. They used barley to create the beer.
So there you have it. Egyptian food. Naomi/Kiya didn’t eat things such as pork and beer because she was Hebrew but she would have eaten everything else.
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