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Recipes could have been explained better,
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This review is from: Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes (Hardcover)
Written ostensibly for a non-Persian public, the recipes are nevertheless poorly explained and highly imprecise, bringing inevitably poor results. Often herbs come in huge quantities, without Mrs Bundy ever explaining why, as these dishes are so different from the Western ones.
I tried several recipes. Her Ghaliyeh mahi va mey goo was way too acid, due to the excessive use of tamarind; her Noon Nokhodchi were simply terrible, utterly uneatable (I toasted chickpeas flour according to her directions); Yakh dar Besesht, which she describes as a sort of solid pudding, is in reality a gooey cream and her Sholeh Zard is really too sweet: sugar 4 times as much as the rice quantity!!!!
I don't think Persian cuisine is as bad as it appears in this book, but I must say she hampered my enthusiasm a great deal.