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All week, Louisa Shafia has been sharing recipes from her new book, The New Persian Kitchen. She's talked about the virtues of pomegranate molasses, and given us a fragrant, exotic side for our weeknight roast chicken. But now, we want you to be able to ask her your own questions -- because coming together over food is what Food52 is all about.

Sweet Rice with Carrots and Nuts Lamb Kebabs

Today from 1 PM to 2 PM, Louisa will be answering your questions on the Hotline -- about Persian food, cooking, writing, or anything else you'd like to throw her way. So get your questions ready, and get yourself to the Hotline!

Photos by Sara Remington

Tags: guest editors, louisa shafia, hotline, office hours, the new persian kitchen

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about 2 years ago adverme2

looking for healthy low carb recipes?


about 2 years ago Elizabeth DeMarco

Although I've enjoyed eating Persian food for many years, I'm a novice when it comes to cooking it. I live in a somewhat rural area and was wondering if you had any resource suggestions for those ingredients (like barberries and pomegranate molasses) that are a little more unusual? Any help in that area would be much appreciated!


about 2 years ago Louisa Shafia

Hey Elizabeth! Some great online sources for Persian ingredients are: and Also, the wonderful Penzey's carries some good quality Persian seasonings, like sumac and saffron.