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Right, where to start... I initially bought this book for my mother for Christmas. It arrived today and I’ve just finished reading through it and I am not only, over the moon with all the delicious recipes but I’m also so proud of my culture and how it’s portrayed in this book.
My mother obviously doesn’t need recipes from her own motherland however this is still the perfect gift for her. Some of our most classic dishes, slightly westernised but still familiar to her taste palette. Filled with stories that’ll be sure to warm the coldest of hearts! That being said, this book still stays true to traditional Persian recipes and cooking and is just beautiful.
To the person who’s left a review referring to the food as ‘bland’ as it lacks spices. If you’re looking for recipes with more of a kick, then this isn’t the book for you and you’d be better off purchasing south Asian cook books or places more commonly known for spices. However, if you’re looking for punchy, flavourful, FRAGRANT (above all) food then please don’t look any further.
Just a stunning book all round filled with beautiful recipes. I urge anyone who’s unsure to do themselves a favour and buy this book. I know some of you might see this as a bias review but I grew up in London disliking Persian flavours and food and honestly wouldn’t give it the credit if I felt people from all backgrounds wouldn’t love this book. This book is easy to understand, well presented and everything a cookbook should be.
To all foodies and lovers of good food and damn good rice, look no further.
This cookbook is the nicest cookbook I have ever seen. It is beautifully printed on excellent paper with incomparable illustrations. Having been to Persia, with my wife, on several occasions I have had a lot of experience of Persian cooking and of the various regional differences. What more can I say except go out and buy this book. You'll be amply rewarded and very proud of your new acquisition.
I was very pleased with the book when it arrived. A beautifully photographed and bound object, but the recipes are bland. I bought all new spices to make the recipes so its not operator error, the dishes just don't pack the punch I was expecting. I've only made three chicken dishes so far so if I see an improvement I'll amend this review. So far Ottolenghi and Anjum Anand are much tastier.
I love this book! Only let down was the state of it in the post. Scratched cover and bent and damaged edges. Would be too much of a pain to send back. Maybe Amazon need to look into their storage of the books in the warehouse.
So far quite impressed with the variety of wonderful and many familiar recipes offered in this lovely book. Have not gone ingredient shopping yet, but fully intend to! Can't wait to get my hands cooking!!! My inlaws are of Persian upbringing background, although not Farsi themselves, and, therefore, I am quite familiar with many of the recipes. Super excited to try!
I gave this to my husband and I have been reaping the rewards of my generosity. So far there has been only one miss but there are so many hits and recipes to keep and repeat i cannot recommend it enough.
the recipes are well ordered by type of coures (main, starter etc). I am a confident cook, but a complete novice to persian cookery, and found this book informative and the recipes yummy. i love the rice dishes.
I love this book! I bought it about 10 months ago as I had always wanted to learn to cook Persian food and it has not disappointed. I have tried most of the recipes and they have all been delicious. The book is beautifully written and illustrated, taking you on a journey through Iran, but it is also clearly laid out and easy to follow. I highly recommend it.