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Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond [Hardcover]

Sabrina Ghayour
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Book Description

6 May 2014

BEST COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR - Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014

Persiana: the new must have cookbook.

Sabrina Ghayour's debut cookbook Persiana is an instant classic....

The Golden Girl - Observer Food Monthly

A celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with over 100 recipes for modern and accessible Middle Eastern dishes, including Lamb & Sour Cherry Meatballs; Chicken, Preserved Lemon & Olive Tagine; Blood Orange & Radicchio Salad; Persian Flatbread; and Spiced Carrot, Pistachio & Coconut Cake with Rosewater Cream.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (6 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 184533910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845339104
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 2.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lovingly-written homage to the enchanting dishes of the Middle East. Sabrina Ghayour takes the reader on her magic carpet to the ancient and beautiful lands of rose-scented sherbets...and to a table of abundant feasts, and of honeyed and spiced delights. What a fantastic treasure trove of good food! Within these pages, the cook will find recipes for tagines, soups, stews, salads and plenty of sweet treats. Through the pages of Persiana, Sabrina delivers the Eastern promise in its delicious, gastronomic form. If you want to eat like an Arabian Knight, then start here...but be sure to stock up on cinnamon, cumin and coriander... (Raymond Blanc)

Sabrina Ghayour is a phenomenal Persian chef. (Gizzi Erskine)

Sabrina cooks the kind of food I love to eat: lots of flavours distilled out of love and generosity. In this book Sabrina demystifies the use of spices. The Eastern promise is definitely delivered in her book and it will have a place on the shelves of my kitchen. (Bruno Loubet)

This is Ottolenghi with rocket fuel (William Sitwell The Times)

Loving Persiana. (Nigella Lawson)

The Golden Girl (Shahesta Shaitly Observer Food Monthly)

Completely dispels any notion that this style of cooking is long-winded and intimidating...brilliant for the novice, the time-poor and even the seasoned cook. (Eve O’Sullivan Guardian)

Will have you salivating with Pavlovian gusto on page after page. (Independent)

Worthy of becoming a kitchen shelf staple. (Food & Travel)

This book will delight fans of Ottolenghi-style food. (Waitrose Kitchen)

Tehran-born Ghayour can help you load your table with incredible feasts. (Sunday Times Travel Magazine)

Ghayour brings authentic recipes up to date using a handful of simple, easily acquired ingredients. (Weight Watchers)

"This wonderful Persian-born chef is a master of the Middle East and her book is sumptuous, thrilling, learned and downright brilliant. (Tom Parker-Bowles Mail on Sunday)

Unlike other Middle Eastern cookbooks, this one is easy to decipher, packed with lots of flavour and recipes are surprisingly easy to pull off. (Huffington Post)

Ghayour helps the reader realise that the back of the store cupboard could be a magical haven for flavour... her love for each dish, whether it is steeped in Persian heritage or created in her own kitchen, shines through. You'll never look at a kebab in the same way again. (Charlotte Jones Glam UK)

A gorgeously produced ode to richly spiced, exotic food from the Middle East and beyond. (A Little Bird)

The latest doyenne of Persian food... there's a dashing Ghayour stamp on classic combos - think Persian saffron chicken or ras-el hanout chicken wraps. (Chloe Scott Metro)

Persiana stands alone as a brilliant work of creativity... a captivating work. (John and Sally McKenna's Guides)

Sabrina... is on a mission to make the flavours of the Middle East accessible. (Sally Hughes BBC Good Food)

The loveliest cookbook I've seen in a very long time. (Daily Mail (Ireland))

The most exciting debut cookbook of the year. (Sunday Telegraph Stella)

The most appetising book. I want to eat every page of it. (Pierre Koffman)

Book Description

Persiana is a celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with over 100 recipes for modern and accessible Middle Eastern dishes, including Lamb & Sour Cherry Meatballs; Chicken, Preserved Lemon & Olive Tagine; Blood Orange & Radicchio Salad; Persian Flatbread; and Spiced Carrot, Pistachio & Coconut Cake with Rosewater Cream.

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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful with your ingredients! 31 July 2014
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I bought this book with high hopes (on flicking through, all the recipes sound staggeringly good), but with a few reservations. The one review I'd read (in a magazine) had tested a recipe and found a mistake in the ingredients, so I was a little wary. The first thing I made was hummus - absolutely delicious (although a VAST quantity for the suggested six servings) until I added the recommended 2tbsp of sea salt, which made it completely inedible. It went into the bin.

Next I made the Pistachio, Honey and Orange Flower Water Ice Cream. Very doubtfully I added the 200ml of orange flower water (three bottles of the stuff, costing £12 alone), since I'd only ever used it in teaspoon quantities in recipes before. I know ice cream always tastes completely different once it is frozen, so I trusted the recipe. It left a disgusting bitter taste that overshadowed the entire recipe, as though I'd added a pint of Mr Muscle to it!

Please read on, as not all is lost!

I was pretty annoyed about ruining these recipes, when I knew I'd followed them to the letter. I found Sabrina Ghayour's email address online and sent her my complaints. Amazingly, this lovely lady wrote back to me within a couple of hours with answers to my concerns. If you use these recipes, please bear the following in mind, and I'm sure your food will taste utterly divine:

1. Check the ingredients of orange flower water before you buy it (this is used in many of the book's recipes). I unfortunately used the Nielsen Massey orange flower water from Waitrose. This contains alcohol, and is nowhere near authentic (let's not even think about how they can manufacture an ingredient that's 40% alcohol for recipes that are mainly from Muslim countries).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED PERSIANA BY SABRINA GHAYOUR 22 Aug 2014
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I have had 'Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond' by Sabrina Ghayour since January and since then I have done about 15 recipes. It is truly an amazing book. I am now using ingredients that I had never heard of before and creating dishes that I would have been too scared to try before. My favourite is the lamb tagine and I have made that about four times so far. Becoming an old hand! I would recommend this book highly. Get it now and buy it in bulk as a Christmas present for all your friends and family. I am also a social media friend of Sabrina's (we have never actually met in real life!) - and she is totally lovely to chat to on Twitter and seems a thoroughly decent person too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a cracking cookery book. The broad bean,garlic and dill dish is worth the price of the book alone. Really, congratulations on such a good book. The recipes work also when I've been substituting vegetables grown in the garden (I am avoiding the shops as much as possible, and using stuff from the freezer) with the recipes, so for instance the lamb tagine with turnips and onions, I used some local beef , courgettes, potatoes and onions from the garden, but the spicing is spot on and the meal delicious. The recipes are not too complex and therefore approachable on a weekday night.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic 28 May 2014
By Linda
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This is quite possibly the best cookery book I've read for several years - and I read a lot of them.

The recipes are irresistible - I read it from cover to cover in the first couple of days and I want to cook everything in it.

It roves all over the Middle East but concentrates on the sweet-sour and subtle flavours of Persian cooking.

Sabrina Ghayour provides recipes which mean you can nip home from work and whip up a really tasty meal in a short time, or spend longer in the kitchen and wow your family and guests with a Middle Eastern feast.

Some of the ingredients are a bit specialised - you won't find them all in the supermarket - but they're easily available online (try Persepolis).

I can't recommend this book highly enough - it's up there with those of Yotam Ottolenghi.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Sima
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This is a fabulous cook book: dishes are thoughtfully chosen, explanations are clear, pictures are terrific, and results impressive. It makes you rush to the kitchen and cook. As an Iranian I find Sabrina's take on many traditional dishes very refreshing -- the wink and tease I mentioned have to do with the unexpected little touches Sabrina adds that wake up traditional taste buds and make them do a little flip. I love it!

BTW the reviewer who said the recipes are stolen from others is just not informed about Middle Eastern cooking. Of course Sabrina's recipes resemble others'; most of them are takes on well-known dishes carrying ID cards with traditional names. That's the whole point. She has turned sometimes fussy and sometimes too grandmotherly dishes into snappy little modern numbers without sacrificing authenticity. As an Iranian citizen of the world I feel this cook book represents me. I've already given two as presents!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Salt alert!! 20 Sep 2014
By LucieT
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is proper gastro-porn. The recipes are wonderful but watch the salt!! As another reviewer has commented the salt levels are crazy, and yesterday I ruined what would have been a delicious frittata, which was galling as it was also relatively expensive to make.

It transpires that the writer uses Maldon, but I can't find this explicitly stated, which is a very annoying omission in what would otherwise be a 5 star book
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... on the Eastern side of the Mediterranean it is nice to try cooking...
Having taken several holiday on the Eastern side of the Mediterranean it is nice to try cooking some of the food I ate there at home. Read more
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Published 9 days ago by ALB
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
Fantastic!! A modern book with very interesting and easy recipes for those who love to cook in today's rushed world. Definitely recommended!! Fabulous Christmas gift.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
Interesting, but nothing that grabs you by the throat and screams EAT MEEEE!!!!
Published 10 days ago by Stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cookery books I've bought recently
One of the best cookery books I've bought recently. Delicious recipes - I want to cook from every page! All my friends have now bought it.
Published 13 days ago by Mrs Jane N
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this having sampled food cooked using it's recipes - really scrummy and unusual.
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Published 13 days ago by Valerie Fairweather
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book!
I do, I really love this cookery book. Every dish is simply explained and each step is easy to follow. Every dish I have tried has turned out a winner. Read more
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