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Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year Spiral-bound – February 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Mage Publishers; 1st edition (February 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193382316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933823164
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Combining a cookbook format with straightforward, informational text, this amply illustrated title offers a detailed introduction to the history and customs surrounding Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Beginning spreads cover the holiday’s historical roots and traditional preparations, outlined in clear explanations and activities broken down into highlighted steps. Later pages focus on recipes, starting with safety cautions for both adults and children. From flatbreads to fish strips to Popsicle desserts, the featured dishes adhere to international kid tastes. The covered spiral binding allows pages to remain open while cooking, and the uncluttered, attractive format, featuring color photos of kids in the kitchen and whimsical illustrations, will attract interested browsers. Much more than just a recipe collection, this compendium of customs and cookery about a holiday rarely covered in books for youth will be of great value. Grades 4-8. --Gillian Engberg

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"Combining a cookbook format with straightforward, informational text, this amply illustrated title offers a detailed introduction to the history and customs surrounding Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Beginning spreads cover the holiday's historical roots and traditional preparations, outlined in clear explanations and activities broken down into highlighted steps. Later pages focus on recipes, starting with safety cautions for both adults and children. From flatbreads to fish strips to Popsicle desserts, the featured dishes adhere to international kid tastes. The covered spiral binding allows pages to remain open while cooking, and the uncluttered, attractive format, featuring color photos of kids in the kitchen and whimsical illustrations, will attract interested browsers. Much more than just a recipe collection, this compendium of customs and cookery about a holiday rarely covered in books for youth will be of great value." --Booklist, Gillian Engberg

More About the Author

NAJMIEH BATMANGLIJ, hailed as "the guru of Persian cuisine" by The Washington Post, has spent the past 30 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. The 25th Anniversary Edition of her book Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies was called "This summer's most coveted tome" by Vogue. Her Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey was selected as "One of the 10 best vegetarian cookbooks of the year" by the New York Times; and her From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table won the Gourmand Cookbook Award for the world's best wine history book of 2007. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches Persian and Silk Road cooking, and consults with restaurants around the world. Her most recent book is Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year.

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My kids love it.
S. Ghazi
I have three of her other books, and each one is full of fantastic recipes, beautiful photographs, and lovely cultural information.
B. Randolph
The pupils in my class especially enjoyed the illustrations of children cooking.
Afkham Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. K on April 29, 2008
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I love that this cookbook has traditional recipes and information about the Persian New Year. The photos and descriptions are terrific. My only complaint is that some of the recipes have ingredients that are not easy to come by, and no substitutions are noted (nor is there info on whether some of the minor, hard to find ingredients could be omitted, if necessary).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Marling on March 18, 2008
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... and for adults like me who want to have fun in the kitchen!

A beautiful book to share with the whole family. "Happy Nowruz" gives you everything you need to celebrate the arrival of spring and the Persian New Year -- kid-friendly recipes for pomegranate popsicles and cinnamon date buns, the history and traditions of the celebration in Iran, the laying of the Nowruz Table with decorated eggs and goldfish (a symbol for the beginning of creation).

A bounty of refreshing ideas for drawing the family together. A perfect blend of cooking, art, poetry, mythology and all the stuff of life worth celebrating with the people you love.

I followed the Lubia Polow (a red rice and chicken dish) recipe with my roommates to great success. Everyone loved it! (and thought I was a culinary genius)

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a good time making delicious food!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jnazar on April 3, 2008
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I have been celebrating NooRooz with my Persian family for 27 years. This children's book is beautifully written with the meanings and symbols of the holiday explained. The recipes are authentic and the illustrations of the children cooking make this a wonderful family book. My children are grown now, but I bought this book for my daughter, who is expecting her first child and set up her first Haft Sein in her own home this year. I know she will enjoy using it with her family in years to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geena on April 4, 2009
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I really like the book - the easiest to use of all of her cook books. As the mother of two children with an Iranian father, this book really helped us to incorporate celebrating Nowruz into our family traditions. The bean soup (ash-e resh-te) recipe was great. We made the cream puffs and that turned out delicious (couldn't get the temperature reading she suggests, but they were fine anyway). I also made red rice with green beans (a childhood favorite of my husband's) - we loved it. Regarding the recipes here are a few tips:
1. the author always stipulates way more onion than necessary, so cut it by at least half.
2. You can leave out the saffron - the recipe will still be good.
3. You can substitute sour cream for Kashk (whey) - I do this all the time in the eggplant dip.
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By Pieceful1 on July 12, 2014
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I really enjoy this book!
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This is a great book for Iranian families around the world. Lots of great ideas for celebrating this lovely holiday with your children. I love her recipes and the photos are great.
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By Neilu on June 22, 2013
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As a cook and a cookbook collector, I was very excited to get this book, expecting to be like all other books of Mrs. Batmanglij; unfortunately not so well. It looks like fabricated plan with some great recipes ( repeated in her other books) with some very unusual crafts trying to make this festivities as much as possible American. I guess it was meant to be good but not meeting my expectation.
Not much recommended as her other books.
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