Parsi: From Persia to Bombay: Recipes & Tales from the Ancient Culture

Bloomsbury Absolute. Dec. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9781472988690. $35. COOKING
In his first cookbook, Talati, a London chef and supper club creator, provides home cooks with all the tools and steps necessary to create delicious Parsi dishes. He also explains the culture, food, history, and religious background of the Parsi people in a book that is as much focused on this foodway and its importance as the detailed and helpful instructions for the dishes themselves. The book presents the cuisine with the stark elegance of art photography, to stunning and appetizing effect. That rigor is reflected in the traditional nature of the dishes, and while this may cause some home cooks to fuss over the metric measurements and head online to order some ingredients, Talati shares how to choose and make spice blends and includes other tips for success. Balancing these details, readers will love the charming stories and quotes included with each recipe.
VERDICT Recommended as an essential introduction to a distinctive foodway. The stunning visuals and delicious food, combined with rich history and stories, create a unique glimpse into Parsi culture.
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