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About the Author

Ariana Bundy is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and the author of Sweet Alternative. She trained the dessert team in New York's Morgans Hotel and is the former head pastry chef at the L.A. Mondrian Hotel. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857206907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857206909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ariana Bundy is a French-trained chef, presenter and the author of Sweet Alternative, the first gluten, dairy and soy free dessert cookbook. Sweet Alternative was first published in 2005 by Conran-Octopus UK and made it's debut in the US in 2006 with rights sold to Whitecap Canada. It is now available globally in paperback by Conran-Octopus since August 2009.

Ariana trained in both French Patisserie and Cuisine at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu and Ecole Le Notre in France, before completing her training at the famous Fouchon Patisserie. Her technique and cooking principles are French regardless of what she may be preparing.
All the schooling and rigorous stages and crazy work hours were supposed to ensure that Ariana could make the foods she loved eating, so when she discovered an intolerance to dairy (cream, butter, cheese and her favourite dessert ice-cream), she was not going to let that stop her from creating pastries and desserts.

Around the same time Ariana's mother and brother discovered gluten/wheat intolerances, too. This is what then drove her to create "Sweet Alternative". The first dessert cookbook that is gluten, dairy and soy free. Now ice creams, cookies, classic cakes, truffles and mousses are back on the menu!

Ariana learned the business early watching her well-known restauranteur father run his classic French restaurant in Beverly Hills. She also was Head Pastry Chef for the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, working with the top chefs and catering to Hollywood celebrities such as Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks. Her honed skills from parties for MTV, the Oscars, and Vanity Fair to TV appearances on Taste on Sky TV and Good Food Live were the solid foundation she built on.

She has also given demos at Sur La Table in America, Divertimenti in London and Good Food & Wine Show in South Africa.
This helped her to envision the high quality of desserts she wished to create, which she tested on family and friends.
The proof as you say is in the pudding and is in the book, which is available globally in all good bookshops.

Ariana is fluent in French and Farsi and also holds a BA in International Marketing and Finance from the European Business School in London.
She now lives between Dubai and Paris with her husband Paul and their son Dara. She is now working on her second book.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on May 31, 2013
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If memories can be captured in words, then this beautifully illustrated volume takes the reader on a journey back to pre-revolutionary Iran, where the author's family lived in a privileged world of vast land estates, high government positions, servants, European clothes, French restaurants, casinos, vacation homes on the Caspian Sea, hunting, riding, & family gatherings at holiday feasts. Not exactly just plain folk, her grandmother's aunt as a young girl lived with the Shah's sister, Ashraf & stayed with her as friend & confidante until Ashraf's death. One uncle became a Sufi and spent the rest of his life helping the sick & needy. Family photos confirm the fabled beauty of Iranian women - the author's mother looks like a young Claudia Cardinale. When the revolution came & the family had to flee, eventually coming to America, they took with them the gift they thought most practical -- caviar! The recipes reflect that lifestyle, with some being very simple, like chicken stew (Khorakeh Morgh), and others more elaborate like Quails stuffed with Rose Petals (Belderchineh Too Por). As with most Persian recipe books, the cook has to either have access to a Middle Eastern store where you can get some of the ingredients needed, like Omani limes, nigella seeds, Persian golden dried plums, barberries, beetroots, green unripe almonds, lavashak (Persian fruit roll), hogweed powder, or get them online. Saffron threads are used extensively in this cuisine, which must be inexpensive in Iran as opposed to the States, as is the use of Pomegranates, which are plentiful in Iran, while we can only get them here in the States in season.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kate Runyan on July 31, 2012
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Ariana Bundy has written a unique and very special Persian Cookbook, and Family Memoir. The book is filled with lovely and charming photographs, and family tales as well as wonderful recipes. Everything I've made from Pom and Roses has been excellent and the recipes are becoming are favorites, and in every case I've prefered Ariana's version to other similar Persian recipes. I have many other Persian cookbooks, but I would give this book top marks, it's an excellent cookbook and family memoir. It's a cookbook to savour , read, and treasure, Ariana's very special book will I think appeal to both Persians and non- Persians. Ariana should be very proud of this beautiful and very special book loaded with wonderful recipes. This is an absolutely wonderful Persian Cookbook.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amir Paivar on May 1, 2012
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The diversity of content, the mix of modern-traditional design and its amazing photography has made it such a pleasant book to read, or shall I say, such a companion to have. Above all, personalising it by telling the tales of writer's family... It's a cocktail of a cookbook and one of stories.

I believe Roses and Poms is destined to make Persian cuisine international. Iranians will be proud of what they see and non-Iranians delighted of what they will discover! This is simply magnificent and a world-class work (no wonder Simon & Schuster went for it!)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara L. Cory on August 17, 2012
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I used to be married to an Iranian, and I love their food. I needed a good cookbook. "Pomegranates and Roses" is a lush, beautiful cookbook with all my favorites and a lot of new recipes I want to try. The author adds a nice dash of personality to the book with anecdotes about growing up in Iran, too. The book arrived promptly and was brand new and plastic wrapped. Excellent!
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By Dyhana on December 31, 2013
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I checked this book out from the library and had to buy my own copy. The book is beautiful, with stories from the author's family that give an insight into the culture along with tasty recipes that are not too obscure or difficult for an American to pull off. I love her other book with simpler, gluten free recipes, but this one is my treasure.
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I borrowed this cookbook from the library, and had to buy it for my collection. If you need one Persian cookbook, then this one will inspire. And it is recent, so ingredients are available. The layout is similar to Tessa Kiros cookbooks, but this story is one of a kind. A beautiful and honest introduction to Persian cooking.
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First of all...the photos! Lovely photos. The recipes are easy to follow (although some ingredients will need to be purchased online or at speciality shops). The book is a beautiful, inspiring book that tells a great story along the way.
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By AMIREX on February 20, 2013
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Not only does this book have amazing recipes but the way it was done...WoW! Clear beautiful photographs and text. Found lots of recipes my mom made plus recipes never thought of making. In my opinion, a must have.
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