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A FEAST OF MY PERSIAN HERITAGE is the third- edition and most comprehensive of the award winning author Shirin Simmons. She has shared over 220 traditional and distinctive Persian recipes. The book also covers related history stretching from ancient Persia to Rome and Greece, to the 7th Century and the conquest of Iran by the Arabs, to North Africa and finally on to Spain and the rest of Europe. Shirin Simmons is amongst the first Persian born cookbook writer to present these exotic recipes in the English language. She shares recipes from her mother’s collection which include salads, sweets, and savory delicacies to complex exotic banquet dishes. Shirin grew up enjoying and experiencing cooking from her early childhood days in Yazd to her teenage days in Tehran. A FEAST OF MY PERSIAN HERITAGE is far more than just a cookbook. It is spiced with anecdotes and stories about family traditions, as well as accounts of her travels through the various regions of the country, from pre-revolution to her very recent visit to Iran. Recipes are given a historical and cultural context that makes this much more than just a cookbook. Islamic, Zoroastrian, Jewish and Christian recipes are presented along with the details of their associate festivals and custom. The book emphasizes on use of fresh ingredients particularly fruit, nuts, and vegetables, making these recipes ideal for a modern, health-conscious audiences. Packed with advice on ingredients and cooking techniques, this is a superb introduction for novice cooks as well as expert chef alike. Since the publication of Shirin’s first book ENTERTAININGTHE PERSIANWAY in 1988, her books have become worldwide bestseller. Shirin’s second book, A TREASURY OF PERSIAN CUISINE was the winner of Gourmand world cookery AWARD in 2002.
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