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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Mage Publishers; 2nd edition (November 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933823402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933823409
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"One of the ten best vegetarian cookbooks of the year" -- The New York Times

Batmanglij speaks with the confidence of someone who grew up with Silk Road cooking -- The Washington Post

Cooking [Batmanglij] says is all about sharing…She lives and works by this creed -- Smithsonian Magazine

Presents diverse and wide-ranging recipes both familiar and exotic. Set against a background of culinary and cultural history. Strongly recommended. --Library Journal



Like a good novel -- once you start it's hard to put down. It is ideal for those who like to read cookbooks as much as cook from them....The recipes also pack a punch...I felt a genuine thrill as I cut into the golden dome of phyllo encasing a filling of vermicelli and rice flecked with apricots, almonds and raisins and seasoned with cinnamon, cardamom and rose water. ---- New York Times

Offers armchair travelers and adventurers alike a delectable voyage of discovery into ancient eating habits and history...The recipes' fragrant mixtures of tastes and textures are tempting even to read...The pages are filled with discoveries that resonate in contemporary cooking, and enhance our understanding of cultural differences and similarities that bind us together by way of the food we eat. ---- Associated Press

About the Author

Najmieh Batmanglij s cookbook, New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies was called The definitive book of Persian cooking by the Los Angeles 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 has spent the past 30 years traveling, teaching cooking, and adapting authentic Persian and Silk Road recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. She is a member of Les Dames d Escoffier and has taught and lectured throughout the United States. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she consults with restaurants around the world and teaches master classes in Persian and Silk Road cooking. Her most recent book is Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year.

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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The recipes are easy to follow.
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Furthermore, all the recipes are vegetarian, making this cookbook great for larger dinners with guests when many dietary preferences/restrictions must be satisfied.
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I have been looking for a good Persian vegetarian cookbook, and in "Silk Road Cooking" I got more than I expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew271828 on October 20, 2012
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I love this book. It has recipes from the whole Silk Road - Italy, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, China, India... Much of that central Asian cuisine is not available in many places, so the flavors are novel and exciting. Also, many of these cuisines are often meaty, so the traditional veggie foods are an extra treat. Many recipes are quite easy and simple, but some are time consuming. Pleasant, unimposing side stories give some context. Easily a top 5 cookbook (out of 100+)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. A. S. on January 11, 2009
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This books proves how infinitely varied vegetarian cooking can be--and how infinitely delicious as well. The photographs are as luscious as the food. Not only that--the book is so well thought out, with resources for finding some of the more exotic herbs, descriptions of many of the ingredients, and more. I first saw this book at a winery in Napa, CA and was struck with how beautiful it was and what seemed like such delicious recipes. I am really happy with this book, which I purchased for $10 less than the price offered at the winergy, btw.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2013
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This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I'm not a vegetarian but I was living with one for a while. The variety of dishes are fantastic. Almost all of the recipes I've tried have been delicious and easy to follow (not always easy to cook, mind you). I've actually bought 3 of these over the years and given them away as presents. I'm a big fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Redfishie on February 17, 2009
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I first saw this book at an event for a historical group and I was immediately taken by the pictures and recipes within the book. I later bought the book through Amazon - and I have not regretted it. The recipes are easy to follow, with detailed directions and times in them and the author makes cooking a pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre Russack on May 15, 2013
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This is a lovely book. A lot of shopping required to cook the dishes contained within. Not a recipe book for daily cooking unless you live close to a purveyor of all the ingredients needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shahrzad Hone on May 10, 2013
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Excellent presentation and recipes. This is the 5th time I have bought this book. All my four children received this as one of their wedding gifts.

For those of us who live outside the US, getting some of the ingredients is a difficult task. Having said that one can still find a replacement in most cases.

Shahrzad Hone
South Africa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grrly1 on June 15, 2012
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I am a huge fan and have 3 cookbooks by Batmanglij. Her books are well written and provide the reader with a glimpse into life along the spice road, persia, the fertile crescent, and the mediterranean. She identifies numerous substitutions and encourages the cook to experiment. Food and cooking should be a journey of the senses into the culture of a place or time and Batmanglij does a wonderful job sharing her journey with us. The recipes are easy to follow. The techniques are well illustrated and easy to master. The photos are beautiful. The flavors are exceptional. My Senegalese Chef BF has "borrowed" this book... it's time to begin stalking him to get it back! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By roy m. wall on June 26, 2011
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Beautiful and informative book. Am working on converting my kitchen to a vegetarian one and this gives me a way to introduce flavorful selections to the menu in order not to miss meat. Fun.
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