What are some great websites or cookbooks for Persian cuisine?

I am looking for sources for authentic, regional Iranian food. Ideas?

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  • January 13, 2012
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Nozlee Samadzadeh
Nozlee Samadzadeh January 13, 2012

The canonical tome in English for Iranian food is Food of Life by Najmieh Batmanglij. She covers stews, breads, desserts, and more from all over the country (for example, northern Iranians refuse to eat fish but Iranians around the Persian Gulf have all kinds of delicious seafood stews!)

On the site, you should check out sdebrango's crispy-bottomed rice (polo ba tahdig):
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

and eggplant lamb stew (khoresht e bademjan):
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

as well as shayma's yogurt-spinach dip (borani e esfenaj):
http://food52.com/recipes...

and onetribegourmet's eggplant dip (kashk e bademjan):
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

And thank you for reminding me that I want to get more Iranian recipes on the site!

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amysarah
amysarah January 13, 2012

You can't beat Claudia Roden for that entire area of the world's cooking (Iran and beyond): http://www.amazon.com/dp/0375405062/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=14108494067&ref=pd_sl_5kt7c2sr8f_b

Paula Wolfert is also a wonderful source. Her website: http://www.paula-wolfert.com/ Both authors offer lots of cultural/food history about the regions the recipes come from too, which I love.

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susan g
susan g January 13, 2012

You can use www.foodblogsearch.com to find more. I just checked, put in 'persian' and many came up, with the food52 spinach dip (link above from Nozle) near the top.
There's a book that came out maybe 30 -40 years ago, called In a Persian Kitchen, that I just saw on the shelves of my local library.

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