Maman and Me: Recipes from Our Iranian American Family

Princeton Architectural. Oct. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9781797223643. $35. COOKING
This mother-daughter duo delivers the print version of their popular TikTok, which is filled with love, family, and food. Recipes are based in traditional Iranian cuisine but also track Gita’s journey to America with recipes she learned along the way. A helpful pantry primer walks through spices and other staples, highlighting common uses so new ingredients won’t languish in cupboards. “Notes on Language” has plenty to teach home cooks, including that the words for heart and stomach are the same in Farsi. Recipes vary in complexity from simple mazzeh to show-stoppers for entertaining, and instructions are clear and encouraging, especially when it comes to the crust and flip of tahdig. Extensive breakfast and drinks chapters provide new ideas for the American table. The warm food photography gives the illusion one is dining at the authors’ home and surrounded by friends and family. This is a fresh take on Iranian American cuisine and will be popular with patrons and their many social media followers alike.
VERDICT An enjoyable introduction to a family and their recipes, steeped in love, tradition, and tons of delicious food.
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