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The very first time I saw Anthony Bourdain post a picture of his recent travel to Iran I first looked at the picture in complete disbelief and then I started jumping up and down from absolute happiness.

I have been saying this for a long time now that our food is finally getting the recognition that it deserves. I can’t tell you how happy I feel every time I open a food magazine and there is a Persian recipe.

Iran, it should be pointed out, is very beautiful. The food is spectacular. Iranians are very proud of their cooking—and for good reason. They are also famously generous hosts. – Anthony Bourdain

But now back to Mr. Bourdain. I marginally knew who  Chef Bourdain was before he published his book Kitchen Confidential in 2007.  I absolutely LOVED the book and instantly became a fan. I really enjoyed his series “No Reservations” on the Travel Channel.  Of course I am also a fan of his current CNN show Parts Unknown.

Tonight at 9PM Eastern time the Iran episode of CNN Parts Unknown will air. This is a big deal for us Iranians. Here are some teasers from tonight’s episode.

Are you salivating??!! I totally was when I first saw this video!

All I can say is thank you, Chef Bourdain! My admiration for you just went up a few notches!