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2.0 out of 5 stars Garlick overload, 11 July 2011
This review is from: A Taste of Persia: An Introduction to Persian Cuisine (Paperback)
I brought this book hoping to learn some tasty dishes to make for my Iranian husband. I guess there will always be different variations of dishes but according to my husband and sister in law - both of whom are great cooks - many of these recipes have garlick as an extra and unnecesary ingredient. So although the book has a good range of recipes and lovely photos if you are cooking for Iranian friends they might not agree with the author's tastebuds. I have a sneaky suspicious the author's husband runs a garlick shop so she is trying to increase his sales by adding to every recipe :-)

I can't tell you what to buy as an alternative - I am just adapting these recipes according to the feedback of my family.....The cultural introduction is great.
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Initial post: 17 Jul 2011 17:39:40 BDT
S. Movahedi says:
I am so glad that your reviewer mentioned the excess use of garlic. As an Iranian who has spent most of her life in the UK, I put down some of the differences in the author's recipes to what I was used to as regional variations. It is true that Iran is a vast country and each region (and sometimes even different towns in each region) have slight nuances in cooking the classic dishes. However I feel that the excessive use of garlic will drown some of the more subtle flavours so associated with Persian cooking. I guess if you use her recipes as a guideline and adapt them to your taste you will be fine. Altogether it is a very affordable and concise introduction to Persian cuisine.
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