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From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table Hardcover – August 1, 2006

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A lavishly illustrated book which presents a history of wine-drinking in pre-Islamic and Islamic Persia....An excellent chapter on Wine and Persian Poetry ....An account of the Darioush winery....A selection of recipes chosen to go with particular wines. --The Times Literary Supplement, Jan 25, 2007

This is much more than just another coffee table decoration about wine and food, or both. A lavishly illustrated volume, it is the third book written by Najmieh Batmanglij in her passionate promotion of Persian cuisine and, in this case, the rich and - despite Tehran's strict Muslim regime - continuing Iranian love affair with wine. --WINESTATE, Nov/Dec 2006

About the Author

Introducing people to the pleasures of Persian cuisine has been a lifelong mission for Najmieh Batmanglij. Her New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Cerimonies was called "The definitive book of Persian cooking" by The Los Angeles Times, and her Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey was selected as one of the Vegetarian Cookbooks of 2004 by The New York Times. She has spent the past 25 years traveling, teaching cooking, and adapting authentic Persian 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 is teaching master classes in Persian cooking and is working on a new book for children to cook with the family.

DICK DAVIS is a poet, scholar and professor. He is also the foremost translator of Persian poetry as well as a poet who has published numerous volumes of his own poetry to critical acclaim, including: Belonging: Poems (the Economist magazines's 2002 poetry book of the year). He is currently professor of Persian at Ohio State University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

BURKE OWENS is Associate Curator of Wine at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa, California, where he is responsible for Copia's many and varied wine programs, including wine education.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Mage Publishers (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933823003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933823003
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Blackburn on January 13, 2008
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I have been enjoying "New Food of Life" for the past several years, and when I saw "From Persia to Napa" for sale at a vineyard in Napa, I knew I had to have it. While "New Food of Life" is primarily a cookbook sprinkled with wonderful bits of history, culture, poems, fables and Persian art, "From Persia to Napa" is a love story about wine. In the first half of the book, Ms. Batmanglij covers the history of wine, the evolution of wine and culture in Iran, and includes a long discussion of the new Darioush Winery in Napa Valley, with many vivid photographs. The second half of the book are persian recipes that she has designed specifically to be paired with wine. The recipes are in general designed for high-end meals. Most are accompanied by photographs which make my mouth water! At the end of the book she includes suggested menus for persian meals at different times of the year. This is an aesthetically wonderful book as well as being fascinating reading, and she has elevated it to much more than a book of recipes matched with wine.
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This author continues to bring us beautiful books, reliable recipes and now pairing this wonderful wine with the food. Couldn't get better.
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A beautiful way to learn some Persian history and culture, and the role that wine has played.
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By Shmagu on December 19, 2011
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This is another beautiful cookbook so rich with stories and beautiful art.
It is truly well written and will be enjoyed just as the others by this wonderful author!
Such a breath of fresh air to be able to join two different cultures through food & wine!
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I bought this for my Persian husband who is an avid cook. We have owned "Food for Life" for years and he consults it regularly. As avid wine drinkers, we have been guessing on which wine to drink with the various dishes, and now have a fantastic guide to help us. This book also has a number of different recipes from the Food for Life. Definitely one of our better purchases this year.
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From Persia to Napa is a beautiful book, larger format, great for a coffee table book. It is loaded with photos and history and information on Persian wine, poetry and food. This book made a wonderful gift for a Persian friend who loves all three.
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A great book for everyone. This book takes you to the beginnings of wine and a culture that influence the world to this day. Beautiful photographs, recipes and poetry.
Anyone who loves wine and cooking, should read this book.
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I have number of books of this author. Beautifully describes the history of wine with beautiful pictures, illustrations, and wonderful Persian food recipes. This book makes a great gift for any many occasions.
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