Though the countries in the Persian culinary region are home to diverse religions, cultures, languages and politics, they are linked by beguiling food traditions and a love for the fresh and the tart.
For more than 20 years, photographer, teacher, cook, world traveler and writer Naomi Duguid has been bringing us exceptional recipes and mesmerizing tales from regions seemingly beyond our reach. She shares stories and recipes from her new book, A Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Kurdistan and brings us into a culinary paradise where ancient legends and ruins rub shoulders with new beginnings and where a wealth of history and culinary traditions enriches a cook’s experience of a wider world.
Excerpted from Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2016. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers.
This event is part of our Kitchen Arts & Letters series. In partnership with the esteemed culinary bookstore, we present talks, demos and tastings with leading cookbook authors, chefs, food historians and farmers. See the complete line-up here.
Naomi Duguid is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook and world traveler. Her most recent cookbook, Burma, brought news of a long-forgotten part of the world and was winner of the 2013 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel and the Taste Canada Food Writing Award. Her previous award-winning titles, co-authored with Jeffrey Alford, include Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker's Atlas, their first book, which won a James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year; Seductions of Rice; Hot Sour Salty Sweet, also a James Beard Cookbook of the Year; Mangoes & Curry Leaves; and Beyond the Great Wall.
Duguid's articles and photographs appear regularly in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine and other publications. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at food conferences. She is the host of Toronto's Food on Film series and her stock photo agency, Asia Access, is based in Toronto, where she lives when she is not on the road.
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