Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N is for New Food of Life

Title:  New Food of Life: A book of Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies
Author: Najmieh Batmanglij
Original Publication Date: 1992
Date I First Read: 2006
Basic Category: Nonfiction / Cooking / Culture

Basic Summary: This book presents recipes and how they are related to Persian culture (celebrating holidays and weddings in particular.)

What I Remember About the Book: The photos of the food are excellent . . . they make my mouth water.  This is true even the pictures where tree nuts (particularly pistachios) are involved – I am allergic to tree nuts.  This book, for me, is “food porn.” 

The recipes themselves are easy to follow and quite clear. 

What I Took Away From the Book:  I have learned how to cook Persian-style several recipes from this book.  My spouse tells me if they taste good AND correct, or if I was close.  I do alter some recipes sometimes – no nuts, no fenugreek, less oil, etc.   Some of my favorite recipes include the albaloo polo (cherry rice) and esfanaj o portagal (spinach and orange) khoresh.  

Rating (1-5 stars):  5 


Susanne Drazic said...

Hello! Stopping by for the A to Z Challenge.

From the Market to the Plate

Shawn Yankey said...

I love the concept of food porn. I am intrigued every time I read that phrase.
Shawn at Laughing at Life 2