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4.0 out of 5 stars An non-Iranians View!, 28 Jun 2004
This review is from: New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies (Hardcover)
Having never even been to a Persian restaurant, practically married into an Iranian family & having a partner who extolls the virtue of Persian cuisine at a moments notice, I ordered this book with a view to seeing if I could pull off a full persian meal.
This book is fab - the recipes are incredibly easy to follow - even for a complete novice like me.
My only gripe about it is that where the bloomin heck am I meant to find things like persian limes, lavash bread & sumac in deepest darkest Berkshire??? The book could do a better job of giving some realistic alternatives.
Still - my persian cooking is now legendary to my in-laws so it can't be too far off the mark!
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Initial post: 26 May 2012 13:50:58 BDT
Scotlanda says:
I've noticed that the supermarkets in the UK are stocking more 'exotic" ingredients now. For example, saffron, rosewater, pomegranate molasses and dried tarragon. Only a few years back, we would have to track down a middle-eastern grocery store. I hear everyone now saying that Persian food is "the New Indian Food" which means that it is gaining in popularity. Ten years ago, there were no Persian restaurants outside London, nowadays Glasgow boasts at least four. This book is excellent and shares the secrets of Persian cooking with non-Persian novices like me, and I have been asked for the recipe for Mrs Batmanglij's "Tah-chin-e esfenaj" more than once!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2013 19:12:27 GMT
Geoghegan says:
Try Asda - honestly most stock sumac, Iranian limes, etc. not sure where you are in Berkshire, but the one over the border in Wycombe has all these things.
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