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Milk Café – World Cultures and Cuisine, Quai Branly museumQuai Branly

May 13th, 2012

Each Milk Café session focuses on a world region shown at Quai Branly, using works from the museum’s collections.
Enjoy a cultural, gastronomic experience, exploring the wonderful world of dairy products! Milk in world cultures is explained by an anthropologist and reinterpreted in a demonstration by a master chef.

3rd Milk Café session
Sunday 13 May – 4-6 p.m.
Quai Branly museum
Claude Lévi-Strauss theatre foyer


Did you know?
Nomadic Moor shepherds (‘Bidan’) populate much of the Sahara, including Western Sahara, North Mali, and Mauritania in particular. They are recognised by their shared language, Hassaniyya, a Bedouin Arabic dialect with Berber influences. The Moors are known to be great breeders and Mauritania today has one of the world’s largest populations of camels. Over the past few years, there has been a large migration of Moor shepherds towards the oil states of the Arabian peninsula, where their zootechnic skills are unanimously valued.

In this desert society, milk takes on a near-vital role. As the only source of animal protein apart from meat, it enables the group to survive and reproduce. Certain major camel breeders from East Mauritania are even known to go without water for several winter months, making do with milk from their dairies not only to quench their thirst, but to cook food and make tea! While Moors consume different types of milk according to their breeding specialisation (sheep, goats, cows or camels), camel’s milk remains the most noble and highly prized.

Speakers: Sébastien Boulay and Coumba Diop
Sébastien Boulay, an anthropologist specialised in Moorish societies, and food author Coumba Diop will present the Milk Café session at the Quai Branly museum on 13 May 2012. They invite you to a talk and tasting session focused on cuisine in Mauritania and especially milk in the Mauritanian culture.

Milk Café PDF (in french)

Milk Café is a series of events organised by Milk Factory and OCHA (French think-tank on eating habits)

@Sébastien Boulay