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Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes Hardcover – August 21, 2012

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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is such an elegant book. Pictures are beautiful. I haven't tried any recipes. I was raised in Iran the first few years of my life and so I have cooked Iranian forever. I've bought this book for my daughter who was born and raised outside of Iran to start practicing Persian cooking. I think she will really enjoy it. I do like to add that I wished there were more recipes in this book. The author has combined it with stories and pictures of her family and that makes the book very delightful, but less recipes fit in! I wouldn't change the character of the book though. I think it will be wonderful for my daughter to read stories about Iran, since she has never been there. The recipes are of meals that are a little more involved and less common (at least in my household). I like it because now I can also try recipes that are not usually on my weekly/monthly list.
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