Those that know me well know how addicted to cookery books I am, I lose hours browsing through them and am a sucker for beautiful food photography. Mr B and I love Turkey and have spent many a summer holiday there over the last six years and this cuisine has been something missing from my collection for some time.
I’ve spent ages searching for something that covers this style of cooking authentically, and every time I’ve returned from the country I’ve been desperate to recreate some of the tasty dishes we’ve feasted on. But search no more, I’ve finally found something to fill the gap and felt the need to share. I ordered Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour a few of weeks ago after reading about it online and seeing some fantastic reviews – I’ve not been disappointed. It’s a beautifully put together book – organised into useful sections (such as mezze and sharing platters or roasts and grills) with introductions to each recipe and vivid photos of the dishes that just make your mouth water. It covers a wide range of Persian recipes, as well as a number of dishes I recognise from my holidays it includes things from the Middle East and beyond.
So far I’ve tried the hummus recipe, Cacik (perfect with some sumac coated grilled chicken) and the tomato bulgar wheat (Bulgur Pilavi) – all very easy and scrumptious. But a couple of weekends ago we had my brother and his girlfriend (also big foodies) coming over and I wanted to try something different. I decided on the mechouia-style lamb leg with cumin dipping salt, turmeric and cumin roasted potatoes served with aubergine chermoula (which is listed in the mezze /starter section but I really fancied it with the lamb) and cacik – yoghurt with cucumber, garlic and dill. It was a little bit of effort but well worth it – the recipes are simple and easy to follow resulting in flavour packed dished. There weren’t any leftovers so it was clear that Persiana was a big hit and I can tell this is going to be a well used book in our house in the future.