Sofreh: A Contemporary Approach to Classic Persian Cuisine

Knopf. Jun. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780593320747. $40. COOKING
The first cookbook from Alikhani (cowritten by Theresa Gambacorta), a companion to her Brooklyn restaurant Sofreh, features contemporary homemade Persian cuisine. Fans of Alikhani will enjoy the introduction, pantry and recipe information, and cooking notes that give a glimpse into the Sofreh philosophy. The book’s stark, modern design also reflects the organic design from inside the restaurant and gives the collection a clean feel. Recipes are true to the restaurant and follow Alikhani’s belief in homemade cooking, so home cooks will find few shortcuts while learning a wide variety of skills like making naan and yogurt. The Persian tradition of poetry is also sprinkled throughout the book and lends warmth and whimsy. The book concludes with a beautiful photo spread of Persia that anchors Alikhani’s inspiration. Recommended for those who want to bring a little bit of Sofreh into their home kitchen through stories and recipes.
VERDICT Fans of the restaurant will enjoy learning about Alikhani’s personal journey from home cook in Iran to restauranteur in New York City and will delight in bringing her philosophy home with her authentic recipes.
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