New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies

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New Food of Life is a treasury of 230 classical and regional Iranian recipes. 120 color photographs of food intertwined with descriptions of ancient and modern ceremonies, poetry, tales, travelogue pieces, and anecdotes make New Food of Life not just a collection of recipes but also an introduction to Persian art and culture. Each recipe is presented in a format that is brilliantly logical and marvelously easy to follow. You will learn how to cook rice, the jewel of Persian cooking, simply yet deliciously. And by...
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Overview

New Food of Life is a treasury of 230 classical and regional Iranian recipes. 120 color photographs of food intertwined with descriptions of ancient and modern ceremonies, poetry, tales, travelogue pieces, and anecdotes make New Food of Life not just a collection of recipes but also an introduction to Persian art and culture. Each recipe is presented in a format that is brilliantly logical and marvelously easy to follow. You will learn how to cook rice, the jewel of Persian cooking, simply yet deliciously. And by combining it with a little meat, fowl, or fish, vegetables, fruits, and herbs, you'll have a balanced diet — colorful, yet healthy, simple yet exotic. Iranian festivals, ceremonies, and celebrations, together with the menus and recipes associated with them are described in detail: from the ancient winter solstice celebration, Yalda, or the "sun's birthday," which is the origin of such Western holidays as Christmas and Halloween, to the rituals and symbolism involved in a modern Iranian marriage. Like a magnificent Persian carpet, 1,000 years of Persian literature and art have been woven into the book. Food-related pieces from such classics as the 10th century Book of Kings, and 1,001 Nights to the miniatures of Mir Mussavar and Aq Mirak, from the poetry of Omar Khayyam to the humor of Mulla Nasruddin are all included. Now with the ingredients for Iranian food available in most US cities, New Food of Life makes accessible one of the world's oldest — yet least known — culinary traditions where the first recipes were written 4,000 years ago in a cuneiform script on clay tablets.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780934211345
  • Publisher: Mage Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: Revised 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 439
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.77 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

    Recomended for anyone wishing to cook Persian Food!

    I bought this book 5 years ago to learn how to cook food from my husbands homeland. As an American it was important to me to learn to prepare food the way his mother would have (and there was an entire ocean and a language barrier in the way there!) Since buying this book I have recomended it to many friends, persian and american. The Jujeh Kebab in this book is a particular favorite of mine. I also recomend the cheese and bread recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

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    My favorite Persian cookbook!

    I am a beginner so some of the recipies are challenging for me in this book. I started with her "Taste of Persia" cookbook and loved it. My husband gave me this one for Mother's Day. It is very comprehensive. I love all the stories and history included. I would have liked to see a picture of each dish so I know if mine looks right. The photos she provides are great though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    I love this book so much and use it daily. I have prepared many dishes from this book in different gatherings at my house. I have heard so many compliments from my relatives and friends for all of the creations completed by me with the help of this book. Everything is very easy to follow and end results are always very tasty. As an Iranian-American I love persian cooking and so does my husband who is non-persian. Many thanks to the Author for not only this book but also for all of her other persian cookbooks since I own them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    A Beautiful Book

    I grew up on my parents' homemade/authentic Persian food and found myself missing it terribly when I moved out on my own. This book not only gives me all the best easy-to-follow recipes, but also information on Persian culture, folklore, and tradition. When I showed it to my family, they loved it so much that they bought their own copies as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2002

    Perfect for beginners and expert Persian cooks!

    I have had my copy of this book for almost 6 years and I have made 90% of the recipes in the book. My husband and his family are from Iran. I bought this book because I needed a crash course in Persian cooking! I use this book often even though I have most of the recipes memorized. The photography is absolutely beautiful and I enjoy thumbing through the pages of colorful recipes and learning some of the Persian traditions and ceremonies (very handy). Our favorite recipes are Nazuk(christmas pastry), fresh herb khoresh and barbari bread. This book has it all!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    Beautiful!

    This is more than a cook book but a glimpse into Persian culture and tradition as well. It has beautiful photographs, amazing and easy to follow instructions, an index that is extremely helpful and a complete variety of recipes. I recommend it highly! It's a must for any Persian cook or any cook who enjoys Middle Eastern food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    A perfect choice for those who eat with their eyes

    The food of Iran is rich and varied and embraces some of the most sophisticated dishes to be found anywhere. This beautifully produced cookbook provides recipes for a wide range of mouthwatering creations for every occasion, from quick appetizers and snacks to slowly cooked, robust stews and exotic desserts. Readers may find some of the ingredients called for, such as angelica, barberries, unripe grape powder, sahlab, and quince blossoms, hard to find, but most staples are readily available at Middle Eastern groceries and well stocked supermarkets. There is much pleasure to be derived from merely looking at the stunning illustrations, which is reason enough to want to own this book.

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