A thoroughly good read, and illustrated by the atmospheric photography of the author herself, Pomegranates & Artichokes explores the cuisines of Iran, Italy and “In Between” in a cookbook about identity, shared humanity, and, of course, lots of delicious things. The book draws surprising parallels between the cuisines of these respective cultures in a unique way.
Iranian writer and food photographer Saghar Setareh’s stunning cookbook tells the story of her own culinary journey from Iran to Italy and explores the parallels that link Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food cultures. Perfect for fans of Rachel Roddy, Claudia Roden and Yasmin Khan.
When Iranian writer and food photographer Saghar Setareh moved to Italy at the age of 22, she was enchanted by the rich food culture of her adopted country, and this inspired a curiosity in the cuisine of her homeland and the surrounding countries of the Levant and Eastern Mediterranean.
Pomegranates & Artichokes is the story of Saghar's own culinary journey from Iran to Italy, in which she describes the many parallels that link Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food cultures, and shows how ingredients and recipes - unconstrained by borders - are shared and transformed through the immigrant experience.
Divided into three sections representing stops on Saghar's culinary 'road trip' - Iran, In Between and Italy - this book features more than 80 recipes celebrating the foods of these regions. Among the highlights are a simple Iranian breakfast platter, a celebratory Persian feast, Sicilian-style stuffed artichokes, guinea hen braised with pomegranate, sweet-sour meatballs from Aleppo, a Roman ricotta and wild cherry pie and a velvety Middle Eastern milk pudding.
Illustrated with Saghar's own beautiful photography, and peppered with personal insights and experiences, Pomegranates & Artichokes tells the story of two food cultures, and the delicious space in between.
"Rich with detail, this beautiful and beautifully written book bridges two culinary worlds and invites us to cook.”
"An utterly enchanting book that captures the essence of migration and the magnificence of Iran's culinary traditions. With its stunning photography, captivating stories and mouth-watering recipes, I want to devour it all."