of wit as for his peasantlike
persistence, truth-seeking, and courage
'bent' by the same bonds of subjection he gave his protagonists, who in scene after scene he imagines in an attitude not of self-determination or intentionality" but of "wily or peasantlike
subservience." Finally, "the originator of modern authorship insured his freedom of expression by remaining invisible."
Because the Sephardim incorporated cooking traditions from both the deprived (economically and culturally) in Islamic lands and the aristocratic elite from Baghdad, Spain, and the Ottoman world, some recipes are primitive and peasantlike
, while others are refined and sophisticated.