Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, online and popular Kurdistan sale

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, online and popular Kurdistan sale

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, online and popular Kurdistan sale

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Winner, James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year, International (2017)
Winner, IACP Award for Best Cookbook of the Year in Culinary Travel (2017)

Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by The Boston Globe, Food & Wine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal

“A reason to celebrate . . . a fascinating culinary excursion.” —The New York Times


Though the countries in the Persian culinary region are home to diverse religions, cultures, languages, and politics, they are linked by beguiling food traditions and a love for the fresh and the tart. Color and spark come from ripe red pomegranates, golden saffron threads, and the fresh herbs served at every meal. Grilled kebabs, barbari breads, pilafs, and brightly colored condiments are everyday fare, as are rich soup-stews called ash and alluring sweets like rose water pudding and date-nut halvah.

Our ambassador to this tasty world is the incomparable Naomi Duguid, who for more than 20 years has been bringing us exceptional recipes and mesmerizing tales from regions seemingly beyond our reach. More than 125 recipes, framed with stories and photographs of people and places, introduce us to a culinary paradise where ancient legends and ruins rub shoulders with new beginnings—where a wealth of history and culinary traditions makes it a compelling place to read about for cooks and travelers and for anyone hankering to experience the food of a wider world.

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“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.”
—USA Today

“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.”
—Montreal Gazette
 

“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

About the Author

Naomi Duguid is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook, and world traveler. Her most recent cookbooks, Burma and Taste of Persia, transported readers into cultures and flavors not yet celebrated in the West, and respectively won the 2013 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel and both the 2017 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel and the 2017 James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year, International. Her previous award-winning titles, coauthored with Jeffrey Alford, include Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker’s Atlas, their first book, which won a James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year; Seductions of Rice; Hot Sour Salty Sweet, also a James Beard Cookbook of the Year; Mangoes & Curry Leaves; and Beyond the Great Wall.
 
Duguid’s articles and photographs have appeared regularly in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, and other publications. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at food conferences. She is the host of Toronto’s Food on Film series and has a strong online presence (Twitter and Facebook). Her stock photo agency, Asia Access, is based in Toronto, where she lives when she is not on the road.

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Laura
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
VERY few pictures of the dishes
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2018
There are only a couple pictures of the actual results of the recipes. There are many images of people and buildings of area. While these are not uninteresting when I buy a cookbook I buy it for the recipes and food. For foods I am not familiar with to have no photos I am... See more
There are only a couple pictures of the actual results of the recipes. There are many images of people and buildings of area. While these are not uninteresting when I buy a cookbook I buy it for the recipes and food. For foods I am not familiar with to have no photos I am left wondering what the food looks like. I am far less inclined to make any of the dishes and if I did I would wonder if the result looked like it should.
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Keith B Peterson
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An Excellent Perspective of Middle Eastern from the Author
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
I am captivated and the book is hard to put down! Of course, there are those that state it is more of a travel guide. Well yeah, silly, don''t you wish to understand the culture behind the cooking? Duh! While this book makes for a coffee table piece, the author covers... See more
I am captivated and the book is hard to put down! Of course, there are those that state it is more of a travel guide. Well yeah, silly, don''t you wish to understand the culture behind the cooking? Duh! While this book makes for a coffee table piece, the author covers cooking throughout the former Persian Empire.

If one has a taste for exotic and difference fare, I recommend it highly. Beautiful photographs and awesome experiences!
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Margaret Smith
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A REAL ''WOW''
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
This is a simply outstanding cookery book with recipes that beg to be tried in your own kitchen and ingredients that are reasonably accessible. More, the photography, recipe histories and helpful cooking suggestions are each superb. I highly recommend this book to you!... See more
This is a simply outstanding cookery book with recipes that beg to be tried in your own kitchen and ingredients that are reasonably accessible. More, the photography, recipe histories and helpful cooking suggestions are each superb. I highly recommend this book to you! Even if you''ve never eaten dishes from this magical part of the world, after looking at the recipes and the accompanying pictures, you''ll be well and truly enticed.
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Janet
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Travel in Book Form
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2017
This book is an armchair traveler''s delight. Ms. Duguid takes us through her travels in an interesting part of the world that so many of us will not probably go to in person.

The foods of the regions are tempting, as well.
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Aziraj
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Great book to learn about Persian culture and cuisine.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
I''m Persian and an amateur cook. I love the fact that she covered the old persian empire as well as current Iran. I also liked the coverage of each region, produce and people she met along the way. Her personal observations and comments are priceless. I ordered the hard... See more
I''m Persian and an amateur cook. I love the fact that she covered the old persian empire as well as current Iran. I also liked the coverage of each region, produce and people she met along the way. Her personal observations and comments are priceless. I ordered the hard copy for my son who is a biracial and a very good fusion chef.
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Tracie Smith
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Love This Book
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
I really enjoyed the stories here. The details of each country and how they were influenced by each other''s cuisines were incredible.
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Cazma250
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Authentic Persian Cuisine
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
I loved this cookbook! It’s so much more than just a cookbook, it’s really an artistic photographic work through Iran, it’s people and it’s food.
Highly recommend. But know that it’s not going to be your “instant Pot” type easy cooking!!!
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Aquitaine
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Better than Culinaria
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
I probably could have saved enough in library fines if I had bought this first. It is just a delightful cookbook and today one can get all the spices one needs to make these culturally great recipes.
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This is excellent and well worth the time.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2019
Recipes are clear, easy to follow and wonderfully written. This would be a joy to read ,even if the recipes were awful, but they are not, the way it has all been presented is informative and enjoyable. Have tried the apricot soup, a revelation to the taste buds.
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Jill
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A beautifully printed cookery book of a very interesting cuisine
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2018
A beautifully printed cookery book of a very interesting cuisine, with plenty of notes and a map about the region (Iran and surrounding countries). The book, printed on high quality paper, has plenty of pictures not just of plates of food but also of the region, people,...See more
A beautifully printed cookery book of a very interesting cuisine, with plenty of notes and a map about the region (Iran and surrounding countries). The book, printed on high quality paper, has plenty of pictures not just of plates of food but also of the region, people, families, ingredients, markets and bazaars.
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Jenifer Ehreth
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Travel log, not cookbook
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 16, 2017
Disappointed in that there were fewer recipes and not many photos of those but a lot of general photos of the villages. I was looking for a cook book.
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David Tuffield
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Brilliant tour of an culturally rich area
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2020
Loved the style , informative plus clear recipes which can be followed . Such a deeply civilised region , rich in cultures .
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Delighted with the book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2020
Well researched book full of genuine local recipes, stories and travel photos. Couldn''t be happier. Was also very pleased with the speed of delivery.
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