The Saffron Tales: Recipes From the Persian Kitchen
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 01 edition (7 April 2016)
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Armed with little more than a notebook and a bottle of pomegranate molasses, British-Iranian cook Yasmin Khan traversed Iran in search of the country's most delicious recipes.
Her quest took her from the snowy mountains of Tabriz and the paddyfields of Gilan to the cosmopolitan cafes of Tehran and the pomegranate orchards of Isfahan, where she was welcomed into the homes of artists, farmers, electricians and teachers. Through her travels, she gained a unique insight into the culinary secrets of the Persian kitchen and the lives of ordinary Iranians today.
In The Saffron Tales, Yasmin weaves together a tapestry of stories from Iranian home kitchens with exclusive photography and fragrant, modern recipes that are rooted in the rich tradition of Persian cooking. All fully accessible for the home cook, Yasmin's recipes range from the inimitable fesenjoon (chicken with walnuts and pomegranates) to kofte berenji (lamb meatballs stuffed with prunes and barberries) and ghalyieh maygoo (prawn, coriander and tamarind stew). She also offers a wealth of vegetarian dishes, including tahcheen (baked saffron and aubergine rice) and domaj (mixed herb, flatbread and feta salad), as well as sumptuous desserts such as rose and almond cake, and sour cherry and dark chocolate cookies.
With stunning photography from all corners of Iran and gorgeous recipe
images, this lavish cookbook rejoices in the land, life, flavours and food of an
enigmatic and beautiful country.
'This is so much more than a compilation of recipes, gorgeous though they themselves are. This is a book that tells a story, both cultural and personal, and her voice is as engaging as her food' Nigella Lawson
'Barberries, fresh herbs, date molasses, dried limes, saffron; Yasmin's Persian pantry staples are a roll call of my favourite ingredients. Her recipes are a mouthwatering showcase of a beautiful country' Yotam Ottolenghi
'Not just a great cookbook but a book full of stories - a love letter to Iran and its people' Diana Henry
"Yasmin Khan has lived and traveled widely in Iran, and The Saffron Tales . . . reflects traditions she knows intimately. But she has the rare gift of being able to translate her personal heritage into recipes even newcomers will be able to pull off." - The New York Times Book Review
"Yasmin Khan traversed Iran in search of the country's most delicious recipes, adding her own modern twist to each dish." - The Independent
"One of the more engrossing cookbooks I read this year . . . Nations speak and, in some cases, survive through their culinary traditions. This book is an incomparable and important examination of Iranian society through its kitchens and cuisine." - Jessica Koslow, The Wall Street Journal
"Of all the books I read for this roundup, [The Saffron Tales] had the most recipes I wanted to try. The combination of simple and unusual gets me every time. An omelette with dates and cinnamon was a delight. Olives marinated with walnuts and pomegranates were cocktail-hour crack." - The Wall Street Journal
"[Khan's] food is a sensitive balance of tradition with modern tweaks." - Los Angeles Times
"Yasmin celebrates the rich history of Persian food with accessible recipes and enticing photographs. Fan of Ottolenghi? You'll love this!" - Good Housekeeping
"A truly impressive culinary compendium showcasing and celebrating the cuisine of Iran . . . enjoyable . . . inspiring . . . The Saffron Tales is strongly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, family, and community library cookbook collections." - Midwest Book Review
About Yasmin Khan:
Yasmin Khan is a writer, cook and campaigner who is passionate about sharing people's stories through food.
Born in London, to Iranian and Pakistani parents, Yasmin lived in Iran as a
small child and has travelled back and forth from the country all of her life.
In 2013 Yasmin launched a Kickstarter with the dream of writing a book that
celebrated Iran's rich culinary tradition and offered a window into the lives of
Iranians today. The result of this work is her best-selling food and travel book
"The Saffron Tales: Recipes From
the Persian Kitchen"
(read more about Yasmin Khan)
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