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Saraban: A chef's journey through Persia Hardcover – 1 Nov 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books; 01 edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740668626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740668620
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 3.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Filled with gorgeous photographs and interesting stories, "[Saraban]" also offers excellent recipes, both traditional and modern." --Bois de Jasmine

About the Author

Widely acclaimed as the master of modern Middle Eastern cooking, Greg Malouf has transformed the international restaurant scene with his innovative food. He is currently head chef at London s Petersham Nurseries. Lucy Malouf is a food writer and editor based in France.


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Following on from their earlier Saha and Turquoise, Greg and Lucy Malouf turn their attentions to Iran. In the same vein as those earlier books, it is mostly a travelogue and photograph album, and almost secondarily it seems a recipe book. 'Turquoise' I thought had too many photos of old blokes sitting around smoking tabs and kids mucking around in grubby back streets of Istanbul. 'Saha' was a bit better in that respect as the photographs were generally more food related and added to the 'food atmosphere'. This new book falls somewhere between those two stools, but having said that, this is probably a prime contender for the most visually stunning cookbook I have seen, with a riot of colour and patterns depicted in the country's art and architecture.

As to the recipes themselves, there are plenty of classics such as shirin polow, zereshk polow (here with rose petals), morasa polow (jewelled rice, here sadly somewhat understated compared to other cookbooks) and a version of duck fesenjan. However there's also a reasonable selection of items I haven't come across before despite having a sizeable collection of cookbooks of Persian and Middle Eastern cooking, from simple street food such as grilled corn on the cob but enlivened with sumaq and lime zest and juice, to koofteh Tabrizi, giant meatballs stuffed with fruit and nuts.
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Following on from their earlier Saha and Turquoise, Greg and Lucy Malouf turn their attentions to Iran. In the same vein as those earlier books, it is mostly a travelogue and photograph album, and almost secondarily it seems a recipe book. 'Turquoise' I thought had too many photos of old blokes sitting around smoking tabs and kids mucking around in grubby back streets of Istanbul. 'Saha' was a bit better in that respect as the photographs were generally more food related and added to the 'food atmosphere'. This new book falls somewhere between those two stools, but having said that, this is probably a prime contender for the most visually stunning cookbook I have seen, with a riot of colour and patterns depicted in the country's art and architecture.

As to the recipes themselves, there are plenty of classics such as shirin polow, zereshk polow (here with rose petals), morasa polow (jewelled rice, here sadly somewhat understated compared to other cookbooks) and a version of duck fesenjan. However there's also a reasonable selection of items I haven't come across before despite having a sizeable collection of cookbooks of Persian and Middle Eastern cooking, from simple street food such as grilled corn on the cob but enlivened with sumaq and lime zest and juice, to koofteh Tabrizi, giant meatballs stuffed with fruit and nuts.
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Format: Hardcover
Persian food is hearty yet healthy, loaded with flavour and aroma. Herbs feature heavily, used every bit as abundantly as in Vietnamese cuisine. By contrast, though, they're often added to long-cooked stews and egg dishes, resulting in deep, rich, elusive flavours that linger in the mind. Chapters are divided into topics such as 'Staples', 'Sweets' and 'Small Dishes', reflecting the generosity with which Persian food is presented.

Greg's recipes are consistently compelling, displaying a slight avant-garde spin toward traditional Persian recipes. From Barberi breads at breakfast to a Fresh herb stew with lamb and dried lime at dinner, opportunities for use are limitless. Tempting Cardamom-pistachio butter fudge jostles for attention alongside the 'Longest night grazing mix' or the clever Olive, pomegranate and grated walnut salad.

The Maloufs weave the tale of a relatively unknown cuisine with verve, revealing elements of the country's complex history. The book's design includes gold cut-outs dividing chapters and a dust jacket which unfolds to reveal beautifully patterned paper in warm earth tones.

When a book delivers such wealth, it's difficult to categorise. You have to make up your own mind...Enjoy
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I was looking for a recipe book that would remind me of the sights and sounds of my month traveling Iran, and I found it. Saraban is a 'Must Have' book if you have spent any time in Iran. It has exquisite photos, an accurate account of the diverse country and its hospitable people, and a collection of fantastic recipes. Greg Malouf presents classic Persian recipes in a contemporary way. They are easy to follow and simple to prepare for the home cook. This book has broadened my culinary repertoire and looks great on my kitchen bench too!
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