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