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Persia in Peckham: Recipes from Persepolis [Paperback]

Sally Butcher , Carlos Calvet
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Book Description

23 Aug 2007
Persepolis is a foodie's paradise. Sally Butcher and her husband Jamshid have created a food store from heaven, gathering all that's best from Iran and the Middle East. Chef and food writer Tom Norrington Davies remarks that 'Persepolis is my corner shop. But even if it wasn't, I'd happily cross town and country to get there. Otherwise, I'd miss the heady scent of their herbs and spices every time I opened my kitchen cupboards. Persepolis is an emporium in the true sense of the word. It feels exotic and local all at once, and this is, in no small part, thanks to Sally Butcher. She is always happy to give advice on everything from chick peas to hookahs with the same warm mix of humour, expertise and enthusiasm. And if the samovar is on you get all the above with a cuppa. Persepolis is the sort of place no neighbourhood should be without.' This book distils all that is remarkable about this shop and the style of cooking that it supports. Sally herself is English, but she has had to learn the ways of her customers and her husband's family. She is a matchless interpreter of Persian food and cookery, as well as of modern Iran and the tremendous changes that have been going on in that society since the revolution. This book should be seen as a way for British readers to enter into the Persian experience; to understand how the cuisine has developed; and to appreciate how the cookery (and the society) is reacting to the modern world. The recipes are full and informative, covering every aspect of Persian cookery from soups and stews to drinks and sweetmeats. This will be a book to remember; and a book that will be applauded and endorsed by some of the most respected of our modern food writers and chefs.

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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Books; 1st edition (23 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190301851X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903018514
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 17.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Sally Butcher is an accidental and accident-prone shop-keeper, and before that that she was an accidental and accident-prone chef. But both experiences have given her a lot to laugh about and even more to write about.

When she is not writing books in the back room, she blogs and tweets prolifically, helps her husband run their corner-shop, Persepolis, and organises all sorts of extra-curricular pop-up stuff. She is what is known in the trade as 'a bit of a busy body'.

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...This book is the one we will be cooking from this year
-- Sam Clark of Moro Restaurant

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Short-listed for the André Simon Food Book of the Year Award 2008

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like having a friend in the kitchen with you 30 July 2013
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I noticed a few people don't like Sally Butcher's style of writing. That's their opinion and they're perfectly entitled to it. Each to their own. I, however, love her chatty, informal style of writing. Its a bit like having a friend in the kitchen with you, chatting away whilst telling you how to make delicious food. And the food in this book is delicious. I often pick it out from my huge bookcase of cookbooks just to have a relaxing read. I appreciate her style of writing is not for everyone but, for me, Sally Butcher and her recipes in Persia in Peckham are just wonderful. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone ... as long as you like an informal writing style.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Iranian cookery 29 April 2010
This comes across as a cookbook intended for people who are new to Iranian cookery and culture. While generally I liked this book, it could have done with a touch more sharp editing to prune down the writing style. The information about Iranian everyday life sets the dishes nicely into context. Despite the gorgeousness of the cover, there are only a few line drawings inside and no pictures of typical presentations of finished dishes. The ingredient lists are, annoyingly, printed in red which will cause difficulty to a minority of readers. Some of the ingredients, such as barberries, aloo Bokhara, sour cherries and Iranian roasted chickpea flour, will be impossible to obtain outside London and a few large cities, although there are plenty of dishes which require less exotic ingredients. Mail order for these items is prohibitively expensive. While there are good explanations
There are some fascinating tastes like lettuce braised with sweet mint syrup. Bandari sausages as well as the various vegetable and salad dishes also attract. I could have done with some more information about how Iranians shop. I am assuming the lack of information on baking breads is because everybody goes to a local baker - plenty of clips of this on Youtube. The sweetmeats chapters have some lovely calorific items like syrup-soaked elephant ears (deep fried phyllo) but the desserts section is a touch thin. I would also have liked some more kukoo recipes, which could have merited a chapter on their own. However, her aubergine and walnut egg dish is not to be missed. Also loved her takht e jamshid eggs which suggests alternatives for people unable to get the special Iranian sausage used for this dish and also suggests the use of halloumi for vegetarians.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite cook book 23 Nov 2008
This book is a breath of fresh air. Insights into the Persian culture and psyche are funny because they are true - I can identify with much of what Sally says. Buy this book if you want to try food which is simple, good for you and most importantly tasty! I can't imagine life without food like this anymore. Try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars deliciously entertaining 11 Nov 2007
By catman
A Lovely, witty and entertaining read full of gorgeous recipes and fascinating facts. The insights into the Persian way of life were as interesting as the foodie facts and could make a book of their own. I am looking forward to stocking my cupboards with some exotic ingredients and trying some (most!) of the recipes. A truly delightful book and highly recommended.
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