The Art of Parsi Cooking: Reviving an Ancient Cuisine

The Art of Parsi Cooking - book cover

Title: The Art of Parsi Cooking: Reviving an Ancient Cuisine
Author: Niloufer Mavalvala
Publisher: Austin McCauley


Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Niloufer’s love for food combined with extensive world travel from a young age inspired her to experiment with world cuisines. Niloufer gave her first cooking class to a group of school girls at the age of 17; loving the opportunity to meet new people who share her passion for food, she has gone on to give many, many more cooking classes in Dubai, UK, and Canada – where she has lived for the past 15 years with her family.

In 2013, Niloufer decided to start a recipe blog Niloufer’s Kitchen where she loves to share old and new culinary creations to a following of 100,000 from around the world. Author of 10 e-cookbooks, she also writes for the Huffington Post, assorted magazines and journals from around the world.

[My Review]

The Art of Parsi Cooking is a simply designed but exciting cookbook that’s full of great recipes which are both easy to follow and exciting. I am half Iranian but have shamefully never tried to properly learn how to cook their amazing food, and with this book being a blend of Iranian and Indian dishes, I knew I wanted to give this a go.

The ingredients aren’t always the easiest to find in your average supermarket, but it’s a Parsi cookbook so I don’t expect them to be! I found a lot of the items easily in local Asian stores and felt that the recipes range in difficulty, but a lot of them are fairly simple to follow. The tips at the end, giving extra insight in how to refine a dish and why, are also great. There are some recipes I haven’t tried before, and some I have had with my Iranian family- and others I sort of recognise but with a bit of a twist, which is always interesting! So far I’ve tried out a few appetisers and main dishes, but no desserts yet – though they look delicious as well!

The book itself isn’t the most polished in terms of design and photography, but it has a sort of homegrown feel, which somehow made me have more trust in the recipes – it felt like the author really knew what she was talking about.

The Art of Parsi Cooking is a great choice for anyone wanting to learn more about Persian and Indian cooking, with some key recipes to impress anyone at your next dinner party!

[Rating: 4.5/5]

Many thanks to Austin McCauley for providing a copy of this novel, on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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  1. I skim read the title and thought Cliff Parisi from Eastenders had released a cookbook – and based upon his skills in the I’m a Celebrity jungle was really confused!
    Sounds like this is much better than a Parisi cookbook would be…………

    • Haha that would be an interesting read ???? I think this is definitely better than a Parisi cookbook would be too! ????

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