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A Persian Food Journey

Hardie Grant Books

By Manuela Darling-Gansser


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This book is a celebration of that time; a compilation of memories, stories and beautiful recipes that underline the depth and broad appeal of this great and enduring food culture. In Pardiz, Darling-Gansser shows how seamlessly Persian food fits with trends of today: flourishing food markets; the primacy of local ingredients; the health-giving aspects of vegetable-centric dishes; and the joys of a shared table. The latter is a theme in her book—and in her life.

In her choice of recipes—recognizing the great virtue that is simplicity—Darling-Gansser provides a sense of the diversity of Persian food—whether it is served in a restaurant, eaten at home, prepared for a picnic, or enjoyed on the street, the setting can determine what is served. Ultimately, she encourages readers to embrace the sociability that goes with the food as much as the food itself.

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Pages: 352 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: November 2019
ISBN: 9781743795194
Manuela Darling-Gansser was born in Lugano, Switzerland, but moved to Iran with her family when she was a newborn. Her first memories are of family life in a big walled garden filled with running water, fruit trees, flowers and a changing parade of pets. She lived there for the first nine years of her life, before returning to school in Zurich. An inveterate traveler and keen linguist, she has lived in the US, Japan, Italy and the UK, and visited other parts of Asia, India and North Africa. Inspired by family traditions, she has been a passionate cook all her adult life. Pardiz is her seventh book.