Simply: Easy Everyday Dishes from the Bestselling Author of Persiana

Mitchell Beazley: Octopus. Oct. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781784727031. $34.99. COOKING
Food writer Ghayour received acclaim for her debut Persiana as well as the highly praised Bazaar. Her latest is a standout collection of dishes from her childhood, blending the influences of her native Iran with her Western upbringing. This leads to vegetarian stars like cauliflower and cumin soup, meat-based dishes such as harissa and lime chicken wings, and desserts like roasted walnut and tahini ice cream. As with her previous cookbooks, Ghayour brings directions to life with her encouraging voice, and offers suggestions for individuality. Her love of vegetables is evident throughout; vegetarian recipes are boldly labeled, allowing readers to gravitate to them at their liking. Exceptional photography by Kirkham allows each dish, whether a snack or a full meal, to shine and will aid home cooks in re-creating them with ease. Pairing suggestions at the end of most recipes offer advice for mixing and matching. All chapters are exceptional but The Melting Pot, with dishes such as corn, black bean, and avocado salad, showcase Ghayour’s signature creativity.
VERDICT A must-have collection of innovative and flavorful, yet satisfying meals for all occasions.
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