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A perfume of my childhood
on 20 January 2004
Being of persian origin, I found something was missing because I didn't know how to cook persian.My husband and my children were resenting it a bit because they used to eat persian food at other people's home and they missed not having it at home. Then thanks to my darling niece,(she offered me this book), I discovered "a taste of Persian" I was thrilled the first time I tried the recipes. Mrs Batmanglij explains very simply and clearly and if you follow step by step what she writes, at the end you have the perfect dish. For me suddenly it was the perfume of my childhood that filled my kitchen.
What I appreciate also is that she makes life easy: she gives you a large choice of ingredients. For each recipe, you can use different types of meat, and if you don't have a certain ingredient, you can use another one. You don't have one particular spice that you will never use any more. You can find almost all the ingredients at your local supermarket without having to run all around town to find them.
Persian cuisine is so satisfying and fulfilling, because of all the scents, and aromas. And also it is so healthy because you have everything, the protein, the rice and the vegetables.
After a meal like that you feel satisfied.
I am really thankful to Mrs Batmanglij, because she made me rediscover this beautiful cuisine and most of all she made it easy.
And last but not least, the book is full of commentaries on the history of persian cuisine, how it started and also full of her childhood memories.
So instead of having a dry cook book, I felt like I was cooking with a friend, a warm and happy friend who gave me back "the taste of Persia"