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Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes [Hardcover]

Ariana Bundy
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12 April 2012
Ariana's family roots are firmly planted in Persian soil. She inherited her love of food and cooking from her grandparents - who grew cherries, plums, apricots, apples, sugar beets, wheat and barley, bred sheep and goats for dairy, and had beautiful vineyards producing prized grapes - and from her father, who owned and ran the first fine-dining French restaurant in Iran. With recipes such as Ice in Heaven and Pomegranate and Walnut Stew with Chicken, Ariana manages to capture the sensual, exotic pleasure of Persian cuisine as well as celebrating the values and traditions cherished by her forefathers. Their memories of when life was simpler, family mattered above all else and eating together was of paramount importance provide an evocative leitmotif. In this beautiful book, she pays tribute to the rich heritage, cultural and culinary, that has shaped her approach to life, cooking and eating.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857206907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857206909
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ariana Bundy is a French-trained chef, presenter and the author of Sweet Alternative, the first gluten, dairy and soy free dessert cookbook. Sweet Alternative was first published in 2005 by Conran-Octopus UK and made it's debut in the US in 2006 with rights sold to Whitecap Canada. It is now available globally in paperback by Conran-Octopus since August 2009.

Ariana trained in both French Patisserie and Cuisine at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu and Ecole Le Notre in France, before completing her training at the famous Fouchon Patisserie. Her technique and cooking principles are French regardless of what she may be preparing.
All the schooling and rigorous stages and crazy work hours were supposed to ensure that Ariana could make the foods she loved eating, so when she discovered an intolerance to dairy (cream, butter, cheese and her favourite dessert ice-cream), she was not going to let that stop her from creating pastries and desserts.

Around the same time Ariana's mother and brother discovered gluten/wheat intolerances, too. This is what then drove her to create "Sweet Alternative". The first dessert cookbook that is gluten, dairy and soy free. Now ice creams, cookies, classic cakes, truffles and mousses are back on the menu!

Ariana learned the business early watching her well-known restauranteur father run his classic French restaurant in Beverly Hills. She also was Head Pastry Chef for the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, working with the top chefs and catering to Hollywood celebrities such as Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks. Her honed skills from parties for MTV, the Oscars, and Vanity Fair to TV appearances on Taste on Sky TV and Good Food Live were the solid foundation she built on.

She has also given demos at Sur La Table in America, Divertimenti in London and Good Food & Wine Show in South Africa.
This helped her to envision the high quality of desserts she wished to create, which she tested on family and friends.
The proof as you say is in the pudding and is in the book, which is available globally in all good bookshops.

Ariana is fluent in French and Farsi and also holds a BA in International Marketing and Finance from the EBS in London.
She now lives between Dubai and Paris with her husband Paul and their son Dara. She is now working on her second book.

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'This is a loving account of Persian cooking, much of it drawn from the author s extensive foodie family. It s a fascinating cuisine, with Zoroastrian (as in sour-sweet balance) and Jewish elements --Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard


'An American-Iranian, Ariana presents exquisite Persian food...If you love Middle Eastern food, then this is a step up, with ideas that you may not have tried before' --Sally Hughes, BBC Good Food Magazine 05/2012

'Ariana Bundy looks to her Persian roots for this collection of aromatic dishes that will have you rushing into the kitchen' --Homes & Gardens, 05/12

'...rather exotic and just the thing to cheer up a jaded palate'

Marie-Claire Digby, The Irish Times, 05/12

'A really unusual cookery book that is as challenging as it is entertaining, particularly if you are looking to impress at a dinner party'

Galway Advertiser, 05/12

'The Iranian-American author captures the aromas, textures and flavours of Persian food in this gloriously photographed book'

Delicious, 06/12

'The recipes...give the rain-bound British cook a gloriously exotic taste of the Middle East' --The Lady, 05/12

'Ariana Bundy looks to her Persian roots for this collection of aromatic dishes that will have you rushing into the kitchen' --Homes & Gardens, 05/12

'...rather exotic and just the thing to cheer up a jaded palate'

Marie-Claire Digby, The Irish Times, 05/12

'A really unusual cookery book that is as challenging as it is entertaining, particularly if you are looking to impress at a dinner party'

Galway Advertiser, 05/12

'The Iranian-American author captures the aromas, textures and flavours of Persian food in this gloriously photographed book'

Delicious, 06/12

'The recipes...give the rain-bound British cook a gloriously exotic taste of the Middle East' --The Lady, 05/12

For Western cooks the recipes are a useful way into a cuisine that is becoming increasingly popular. Dampokhtak, for instance, the perfect Saturday supper dish, is an ancient Persian recipe invented by the Moguls, take to India and Pakistan, and now, courtesy of Bundy, in your kitchen --Daily Telegraph

A prettily pink book of treats straight from the Arabian Nights, Pomegranates and Roses will transport you to the world of Persian cooking... Drawing on her Iranian heritage, Ariana Bundy has produced a collection of authentic recipes which perfectly capture the flavour and fragrance of Persia. This book will appeal to those who love Middle Eastern food but are looking for some new challenges as it goes beyond the standard recipes found in most books - the results are so worthwhile --We Love This Book

Initially I was merely only seduced by the well-placed antique silver spoon on the front cover with the Damascus rose-coloured spine.
Who says a book cannot be judged by its cover?
Pomegranates and Roses is a must have, more than a cookbook, it is a touching memoir and an homage to a time-honored, exquisite cuisine. Thanks to Ariana Bundy for contributing her lexicon of family recipes and filling a well needed culinary void --Persianesque

A prettily pink book of treats straight from the Arabian Nights, Pomegranates and Roses will transport you to the world of Persian cooking... Drawing on her Iranian heritage, Ariana Bundy has produced a collection of authentic recipes which perfectly capture the flavour and fragrance of Persia. This book will appeal to those who love Middle Eastern food but are looking for some new challenges as it goes beyond the standard recipes found in most books - the results are so worthwhile --We Love This Book

About the Author

Ariana Bundy is a French-trained chef, TV presenter and the author of Sweet Alternative, the first gluten, dairy and soy free dessert cookbook. An Iranian-American, Ariana was Head Pastry Chef for the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris and studied International Marketing and Finance at EBS in London. Ariana is fluent in English, French and Farsi. She now lives between Dubai and Paris with her husband Paul and their son Dara.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful 16 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
Pomegranates and Roses is an exceptionally beautiful book. It is superficially similar in design to several that are in the market now but the attention to detail with the finish, the backgrounds, delicate and intricate illustrations by Alice Chadwick, the props in the photography (shot by Lisa Linder), Farsi calligraphy and the overall layout means that it manages to stand out and would be worth the money just to decorate your coffee table. However, it is not just highly decorative - as a very precise guide to Persian cooking it is excellent. Ariana Bundy has used her chef's training to translate 'a bit of this and a bit of that' family recipes into ones that are easy to follow and work really well. Also all of the methods are manageable - she's retained authenticity with an eye towards today's modern families and kitchens.

Most ingredients are easily obtainable and I would recommend the effort of getting barbarries by mail order just to make Zereshk Polo - a classic subtley, saffron-scented chicken dish - which is beautiful served with Mast o Khiar - a combination of yoghurt, cucumber, raisins, walnuts, mint and spring onions.

I had never understood the unani principle of serving hot and cold foods - not temperature but humours or categories - until I read this book. It also puts Iranian food in context of it's influences and influencers in the region as well as being a family memoir.
One of the most interesting and useful books on another cuisine that I have bought in a long, long time.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic and unusual recipes 14 April 2012
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The culinary memoir seems to be a growing sub-genre in a saturated cookbook market - works describing the author's wonderful better-than-yours-could-ever-have-been childhood in far off exotic lands, with a few recipes thrown in here or there. As an avid collector of Middle Easter cookbooks, I had feared from the publicity that this new release would be firmly within that camp. However the family history part is in fact relatively unobtrusive and the food comes to the fore. Despite the subtitle "My Persian family recipes", the recipes here go beyond author Ariana Bundy's own family with ones which are regional or are Jewish for example (Ms Bundy confesses in the introduction to "gathering recipes by email, phone and travelling").

There are many classic dishes in here to be found in most if not all Iranian cookbooks - khoresht-e fesenjan, tas kebab, shirin polow, and zereshk polow for example. There are however plenty of recipes here dissimilar to what I have seen before despite my large collection - to name a few, zeytoon parvardeh (olives in pomegranate molasses and crushed walnuts), haroset (a Jewish-Iranian sweet involving fruits, nuts and spices), morabayeh bademjoon (an aubergine preserve flavoured with cardamom and rose water), faloudeh (rice noodle granita with lime and rose water), belderchineh too por (quails stuffed with rose petals), and gheymeh nessar (lamb with barberries, tomatoes and rose water).

The book is arranged by categorisation into fruit, nuts and pulses, vegetables, grains, dairy, meat, fish, herbs, and spices. Some recipes find themselves in odd places to my mind though - similar rice dishes will find themselves categorised according to a particular ingredient therein rather than coming gathered together under the grains section.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic! Excellent! Delicious! 15 Jan 2013
By P. Vir
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Pomegranates and Roses is by far the most beautiful book I bought in 2012. I hesitate to call it a cook book or a recipe book because Ariana Bundy has filled it with so much more. The stories and the romance behind each recipe is a joy to read!

I bought this book - my first ever Persian purchase - to impress a boy. He is Persian and I organised a dinner party for him and his Persian friends. It seemed like a very good idea until I realised that I had absolutely no taste reference for any of the dishes I was about to embark upon. To make my life more difficult I inadvertently chose to make one of the more difficult dishes in the book - the Fassenjan.

Once I got over the long ingredient list I realised all I needed was to patiently follow Arian's detailed recipe. Through Twitter I was also able to contact her directly and she virtually held my hand through the recipe. Needless to say the dinner was a massive hit. The Persian boy is long gone but I am thrilled to have invested in this gorgeous book that is a friend for life. Thank you Ariana!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 28 Sep 2012
By juli
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a most beautifully presented book with interesting, unusual and exciting combinations of ingredients. It has nice narrative relating to the recipes, if you like reading and not only cooking. It is a bit difficult to navigate it and it would also benefit from a list of suppliers, but if you live near a Middle Eastern shop as I do, you will not have any problems finding the ingredients.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, great photos and unusual recipes 10 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
I thought I would find a lot of dishes I would recognise from having lived in Turkey for 10 years, as there are many similarities in Middle Eastern and Turkish foods. However it was a pleasant surprise to see that most of the recipes were quite new to me, some rather unusual and with what seems to be a modern approach. The introduction was interesting, but would benefit from some judicious editing to change some clumsy sentences and weed out the odd error.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Recipes could have been explained better
Written ostensibly for a non-Persian public, the recipes are nevertheless poorly explained and highly imprecise, bringing inevitably poor results. Read more
Published 11 days ago by ApplePieMaryPie
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning not just a cook book
The recipes and photographs are truely amazing, but her obvious love and respect for her family history and culture are so evident thank you for sharing it us,
Published 3 months ago by rosario buttery
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Its more of a family recipe than actual recipes but has lovely descriptions and pics, all in all good :)
Published 4 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic
Every recipe I have tried from this book has been a winner! Have had people thanking me over and over again for wonderful meals... Amazing!
Published 7 months ago by kindler
5.0 out of 5 stars Pomegranates and Roses
This is a really beautiful book with such a loving, warm editorial of the cook/author's personal experiences, history around food, entertainment and family.
Published 8 months ago by Nicola Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook
We have Iranian friends and I love going to their home for dinner but I wanted to try cooking the dishes myself. Lets just say they were impressed!
Published 8 months ago by Tina walklate
4.0 out of 5 stars persian recipes
Good cookbook with some different and appealing recipes. Need to try some more to check out how good they are.
Published 9 months ago by Bob - B
5.0 out of 5 stars More should lnow about Australian heritage
So many people, of an academic frame of mind, consider Australia to have no known culture. They think it had based all it's learning on the mish-mash of sub-level learning. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Toni Arthur-hay
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good even if pretty basic.
I gave this book as a present to my husband (he cooks - I bake!). We have already tried a few of the recipes and they have turned out just fine. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nassy
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
I bought this as an in troduction to Persian cooking for my husband. It is a stunning book with absolutely beautiful presentation and if nothing else wonderful to look at. Read more
Published 13 months ago by VForsyth
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