Following up on Burma, her stunningly well-received exploration of another fascinating cultural crossroads, Duguid introduces us to the next place we want to visit with recipes for food we can’t wait to make and with tales that are memorable and moving. In the way that the Mediterranean has a common palate, so too do these nations: one centered on a love for the fresh and the green (beginning with the piles of fresh herbs that accompany every dish with abandon) and also the tart, as revealed in the ingenious use of sour plums, sour cherries, pomegranates and limes.
There are the delectable filled dumplings, flatbreads and stuffed vegetables; plus gorgeous Persian rice dishes, grilled meats and skewered kebabs. There are fresh cheeses, sparkly salads, spice blends and spectacular sauces based on walnuts ground to a paste.
About the Author
Naomi Duguid is the author, along with Jeffrey Alford, of six award-winning books on food and travel: Flatbreads & Flavors, HomeBaking, Seductions of Rice, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Mangoes and Curry Leaves, and Beyond the Great Wall. In stories, recipes, and photographs, the books explore daily home-cooked foods in their cultural context. Her newest book, Pinch of Turmeric, Squeeze of Lime, is a collection of recipes and travel tales from Burma.
Naomi Duguid, traveler, writer, photographer, is often described as a culinary anthropologist. She is a contributing editor of Saveur magazine, gives photo-talks about food and travel, and writes a weekly blog. She conducts immersion food tours in northern Thailand each winter and calls both Toronto and Chiang Mai home.
"For an introduction to Persian cuisine, pick up Naomi Duguid's new cookbook. Through rich storytelling and recipes from her travels, Duguid explores the culinary heritage that unites Iran, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kurdistan."
--Food & Wine
"Brilliant. . . . One of the most excitingly accessible books of the season, combining nuanced diasporic traditions, straightforward recipes and easy-to-find ingredients."
"In lieu of a Persian grandmother . . . any eager cook will be well-served by Naomi Duguid, the globe-trotting author of Taste of Persia. . . . Too many Persian cookbooks c an be overly technical; they miss the soul of the thing. With one foot in the old world and one in the new, Ms. Duguid does a beautiful job of translating complex concoctions into accurate, easy-to-follow recipes that reflect not just the flavors but the spirit of the countries that once made up the Persian Empire.
--The Wall Street Journal
"For years [Naomi Duguid] has been writing deep-dive books with a photographic National Geographic bent and recipes that work. Taste of Persia . . . [is] particularly timely. Duguid captures dishes that reflect history and culture while being simply what's on the table."
--The Los Angeles Times, Our Favorite Cookbooks of Fall 2016
"While the recipes are appetizing and approachable, this book is about more than cooking--it's about better understanding a region and its people. Now, more than ever, books like Duguid's make for vital reading."
--The San Francisco Chronicle, Our Favorite Cookbooks from 2016
"A fascinating culinary excursion. . . . Taste of Persia opens with a map, which illustrates Ms. Duguid's wise observation that regional cooking doesn't respect borders. So the search for Persian cuisine includes stops in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Kurdistan. We are seduced from the start with the flavors of the region: saffron (most of the world's supply comes from this part of the world), mint, dill, parsley, cilantro, dried rose petals, sumac, lime, pomegranate and honey. Cinnamon, cardamom and other sweet spices weave their way through savory and sweet dishes. Ms. Duguid's discoveries on these intrepid travels are shared in stories and pictures, along with an abundance of recipes."
--The New York Times, The Best Cookbooks of Fall 2016
"Gorgeous and useful."
--The Seattle Times
"Intensely fragrant foods and evocative travel writing. . . . This gorgeous and compelling title will transport home cooks and armchair travelers to another time and place."
--Library Journal, starred review
"Naomi Duguid's cookbooks belong to their own genre--they are unique travel journals studded with history, geography and ethnography, along with fabulous photos of the people she meets and the places she goes. Then, of course, there are the intriguing, detailed recipes she collects. It's more than armchair travel--you become immersed in the culinary culture of a faraway part of the world. Taste of Persia, Duguid's latest, is a glorious trip through these five countries that once were part of the Persian empire."
--BookPage, Top Pick in Cookbooks
"A brilliant and beautiful book."
"This book is not singularly about 'Persian food.' It is about a culinary region and culture, about transcending borders, about contextualizing a rich, edible heritage. . . . Though Duguid tested recipes over and over again in her kitchen in Toronto, the recipes rightfully belong to the women she met during her travels. The book celebrates unsung food artists who have shared their cooking practices and recipes through centuries of oral tradition and culture. . . . Sometimes it takes an outsider who has a different perspective, to look at a region with appreciation and talk about the historical ties and culinary links."
--The Globe & Mail