Cover image for Bottom of the Pot : Persian recipes and stories / Naz Deravian ; photography by Eric Wolfinger.
Bottom of the Pot : Persian recipes and stories / Naz Deravian ; photography by Eric Wolfinger.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
373 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Prologue-: The journey home -- Introduction -- Mazeh-appetizers and accompaniments-music and poetry -- Aash-soups-heart -- Rice, tahdig, and grains-Jewels -- Khoresh-stews-soul -- Naan-bread-life -- Kookoo-Iranian frittatas and egg dishes-light -- Meat, fish, and vegetables-memory -- Stuffed and rolled-home -- Drinks-water -- Sweets-love -- Epilogue-until we meet again.
Award-winning writer Naz Deravian lays out the multi-hued canvas of a Persian meal, with 100+ recipes adapted to a North American home kitchen and interspersed with Naz's celebrated essays exploring the idea of home. In her debut cookbook, Naz opens up to us a world of fragrant rose petals and tart dried limes, music and poetry, and the bittersweet twin pulls of assimilation and nostalgia..
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At eight years old, Naz Deravian left Iran with her family during the height of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis. Over the following ten years, they emigrated from Iran to Rome to Vancouver, carrying with them books of Persian poetry, tiny jars of saffron threads, and, always, the knowledge that home can be found in a simple, perfect pot of rice. As they traverse the world in search of a place to land, Naz's family finds comfort and familiarity in pots of hearty aash, steaming pomegranate and walnut chicken, and of course, tahdig: the crispy, golden jewels of rice that form a crust at the bottom of the pot. The best part saved for last. In her debut cookbook, Bottom of the Pot, Naz, now an award-winning writer and passionate home cook based in L.A., opens up to us a world of fragrant rose petals and tart dried limes, music and poetry, and the bittersweet twin pulls of assimilation and nostalgia. In over 100 recipes, Naz introduces us to Persian food made from a global perspective, at home in an American kitchen.

Author Notes

Naz Deravian is a writer and actor born in Iran, who grew up in Italy and Canada and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She is the award-winning voice behind the food blog Bottom of the Pot, which won the 2015 IACP Award for best culinary blog. She has also been twice nominated in several categories for the Saveur Food Blog Awards. Naz has been profiled in The New York Times, Sunset magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler, among others.

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Library Journal Review

Deravian relates her personal journey from Iran to Los Angeles via Italy and Canada in a work that is primarily a cookbook, with chapters outlining pivotal segments of her life tied in with descriptions of her family's deep relationship with food and cooking. This personal background as well as brief descriptions preceding each recipe provides context and makes for a much more engaging read. The dishes themselves cover a broad range, literally from soup to nuts. This is not fusion cooking; it's the real deal. While most ingredients are readily available, some recipes call for harder-to-find items such as dried rose petals and dried limes. Instructions for dishes such as fresh herb stew and saffron chicken are presented in a conversational tone, with tips on substitutions and cooking techniques scattered throughout. Well organized with a solid index, the book is also nicely illustrated with gorgeous close-up photography of the recipes. VERDICT A delicious introduction to Iranian life and food. Recommended for all cookbook collections.-Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologue The Journey Homep. 1
Introductionp. 5
Mazeh/Appetizers & Accompanimentsp. 27
Music & Poetryp. 29
AASH/Soupsp. 71
Heartp. 73
Rice, Tahdig & Grainsp. 99
Jewelsp. 101
Khoresh/Stewsp. 139
Soulp. 141
Naan/Breadp. 171
Lifep. 173
Kookoo/Iranian Frittatas & Egg Dishesp. 191
Lightp. 193
Meat, Fish & Vegetablesp. 215
Mfmoryp. 217
Stuffed & Rolledp. 255
Homep. 257
Drinksp. 287
Waterp. 289
Sweetsp. 311
Lovep. 313
Epilogue / Until We Meet Againp. 347
Appendixp. 349
Sources For Iranian Ingredientsp. 361
Acknowledgmentsp. 363
Indexp. 366