Persian cuisine is one of the most ancient cuisines in the world and a fundamental part of Persian heritage. For immigrants, food is often the only connection that they have to their native culture. Keeping culture alive is done through cooking. To Persians, dining brings together friends and family. The dinner table is a place for gathering, laughter and enjoyment. Food is an expression of love, respect and togetherness.
A friend of the family recently told my mother that he was genuinely afraid that the art of Persian cooking was going to die with their generation. I realized that this is a very real fear as many Persians I know of my generation don’t actually know how to cook Persian food or if they do they don’t have the desire to. Instead we rely on our mothers and grandmothers. I am guilty of this! I love to cook and know how to cook many Persian dishes…..but I rarely do! Instead I have my cravings for it fulfilled on weekends at my parents house.
I think it would be such a travesty that our children and grandchildren not experience home cooked Persian food. I want my children to love the cuisine as much as I do and pass on these traditions to generations to come. So I’ve made a vow to include Persian cooking in my weekly repetoire.
If you’ve never experienced Persian food I can guarantee that you will love it. It is delicious and aromatic with a great variety of stews, rice dishes, meats, salads and desserts. If you are Iranian I hope to inspire you to start cooking the food you grew up with and hopefully pass on Persian cooking to the next generation.
The Pomegranate Diaries is a tribute to my mother and late grandmother….. two of the best Persian cooks in the world, who have instilled in me a love of cooking…..and to my father who has inspired my passion for entertaining.
My name is Farnaz. I was born in Iran and lived there for the first two years of my life. After briefly living in London, England and Nice, France, we moved to Canada just before my fourth birthday. I have always had a passion for cooking and food. My cooking journey began at the age of six when my poor Grandmother was forced to consume my many concoctions of rice, beans and copious amounts of salt. But my career path didn’t always seem destined for food. After completing a Masters degree in Political Science I decided that the logical place for someone with my education was a career in fashion and beauty! After six years in the industry I retired in order to raise my beautiful daughter. Over the years my love of food and entertaining has flourished and I have taken many professional baking and cooking courses. However, my number one instructor is my lovely mother who taught me the art of Persian cuisine.