"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 JournalLike 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