A few weeks ago I was sent a copy of the newly published Pomegranate and Roses cookbook by Ariana Bundy to review. Let me begin by saying how exciting it is to see Persian cuisine cookbooks being published, which means putting our delicious food further on the map. I liked the title of the book immediately as it is representative of two of the beloved Iranian flavors.
This hard cover cookbook is filled with imagines of delicious food with each recipe along with the author’s personal notes, childhood memories, and family photographs. In her introduction Bundy confesses that she had not cooked Persian food until she started her research for this particular cookbook. In fact, she says:
“Even after studying at Le Cordon Blue and cooking for different establishments, I still wouldn’t make Persian food. No one had taught me how! This is not something new. Many Iranians of my generation struggle with Persian dishes.”
I completely understood where she was coming from and could relate. Just like her, when I first started cooking Persian food, I knew very well what each dish should taste like, however, I simply did not know how to make them because no one taught me either!
I made three recipes from this cookbook including a dessert, a stew, and an omelette. The one that stood out was Omeleteh Khorma which is a delicious omelette made with dates.
Bundy provides both stove top and muffin pan directions. Opted for muffin pan option and these omelette muffins provided a nice breakfast and/or snack along with a nice cup of steaming Persian Tea!
Pomegranate and Roses features a variety of recipes from all over Iran. The recipe category ranges from appetizers, main courses such as stews and rice dishes, desserts, jams, and pickles. There are definitely a lot of recipes to choose from. Another appealing aspect of this cookbook is the author’s childhood memories of her time in Iran which appear in between the recipes throughout the book.
Pomegranate and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes is currently available for purchase.
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