Cookbook Recommendation: Persiana
Persian food just got a new label: trendy! Favorably compared to Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s masterpiece that took the world by storm last year, Sabrina Ghayour’s Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East and Beyond is the latest talk of the town. Iranian-born, Sabrina packs the vibrant flavors and rich traditions of the Eastern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean into this terrific read. Stylish and inventive, the recipes are authentically Persian, but do incorporate influences from Turkish, Arab and Armenian cuisine. The quinoa salad with toasted pistachios, preserved lemons and zucchini is fresh and light (resolution friendly). The saffron and rosemary chicken fillets are dynamite, and the citrus-spiced salmon makes a lasting impression, considering how easy it is to make. Persiana is the beautiful marriage of classic and chic, making it an absolute must for your bookshelf. Persiana. It retails for $35.