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 


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