on 22 December 2011
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
on 2 June 2014
Frankly after reading this book I can't see any point in anyone writing a Persian cookbook ever again!
The recipes are easy to follow, and though modern, are rooted firmly in traditional Persian cooking. As an Iranian cook used to the traditional flavours, I love the new take. The photos and travelogue provide a colourful and beautiful picture of Iran around 2010. The book itself is beautifully produced and would grace any coffee table. The only problem for me is that this book is so beautiful that I don't want to ruin it by using it in the kitchen! I tend to leave it in the next room and look at the recipes there.
on 7 August 2012
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!
on 28 November 2012
This is a most beautifully presented book both in terms of the recipes and the stunning photographs, which makes it one to pick up and browse over with pleasure every so often, as well as being one to treasure. I'm not much of a cook, but I've been to Persia and I adored the food, so I am going to try out the recipes!
on 2 May 2011
This beautiful book, filled with wonderful photographs, is a delight to the eye. The interesting commentary makes it one third travel book and two thirds cookery book. I may never cook any of the recipes but just looking at them makes the mouth water.I love it.The Amazon price is also half the recommended retail price. What more could you want