Following up on Burma, her stunningly well received exploration of another fascinating cultural crossroads, Duguid introduces us to the next place we want to visit with recipes for food we can't wait to make, and with tales that real memorable and moving. in the way that the Mediterranean has a common palate, so too do these nations: one centred on a love for the fresh and the green (beginning with the piles of fresh herbs that accompany every dish with abandon) and also the tart, as revealed in the ingenious use of sour plums, sour cherries, pomegranates, and limes. There are the delectable filled dumplings, flatbreads, and stuffed vegetables; plus gorgeous Persian rice dishes, grilled meats, and skewered kebabs. There are fresh cheeses, sparkly salads, spice blends, and spectacular sauces based on walnuts ground to a paste. Taste of Persia is an adventure of discover - not only of a fascinating region, rich with history and variety, but of a wealth of culinary traditions and innovations as well.
Naomi Duguid is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook and world traveler. Her most recent cookbook, Burma, brought news of a long-forgotten part of the world and won the 2013 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel and the Taste Canada Food Writing Award. Her previous award-winning titles, coauthored with Jeffrey Alford, include Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker's Atlas, their first book, which won a James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year; Seductions of Rice; Hot Sour Salty Sweet, also a James Beard Cookbook of the Year; Mangoes & Curry Leaves; and Beyond the Great Wall. Duguid's articles and photographs appear regularly in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine and other publications. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at food conferences. She is the host of Toronto's Food on Film series and has a strong online presence (Twitter and Facebook). Her stock photo agency, Asia Access, is based in Toronto, where she lives when she is not on the road.