About

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.

About Me:

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.

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21 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Farnaz! I just found your blog and am so excited that I have. My husband is Iranian and over the past decade I’ve been learning cooking from his mom. Your recipes look delicious! I’ll start following your posts 🙂

  2. Well done! As someone who is always spreading the word about our cuisine and gifting friends with Persian cookbooks, I applaud you for a job well done. I love your blog and step-by-step instructions. I was looking for a picture of Sabzi polo Mahi for my daughter’s report on Noruz and stumbled on your site. I have linked to your FB page now so all my friends who keep asking me for recipes and ideas can come here instead! The dispora is better off for great Ambassadors like you. Keep up the good work.

    Cathia (persian expat, foodie and mom)

  3. I just discovered your blog while searching for recipes using Golpar (I just purchased a big bag for one specific recipe, and now I am wondering what else I can use it for). I am slowly learning more about Persian cuisine, and loving what I am discovering! I have browsed your recipes, and will definitely be back for cooking and inspiration.

  4. Hi Farnaz! What a nice blog! So many delicious recipes. I hope that I can pass on my love for persian food to my son (I’m the wife of an Iranian and love persian cooking and the persian culture and history).
    Congratulations for the birth of your son, I hope you have recovered (perhaps with homemade katchi and other healthy food).
    Ghadame nozadetoon khosh va sale no mobarak!
    Khoda hafez Angelina (Germany)

  5. Hi Farnaz! Very happy to find your blog! Persian food-bloggers of the world unite! (or maybe we should just form a shekamoo club.) Look forward to reading your posts. -azita

  6. Thank you for sharing your recipes! I really appreciate that your recipes and instructions are clearly written and approachable. Hope to try out some of them on my Iranian husband someday.

  7. Hi Farnaz,
    I stumbled upon your blog while looking for Adas polo recipe. You have a beautiful space. I liked the step-by-step instructions. Will be trying out some recipes soon.

  8. I just stumbled upon your blog and I LOVE it! I also LOVE Persian food and I look forward to perusing your lovely blog and recipes.

  9. What a great blog for me to have found! We definitely need more blogs on persian cooking. Do you follow Rosa Montazami recipes for the foods you’re making here? I think a section called “Persian Cookbooks” would be a nice complement to your Persian Pantry page. I have several that I could recommend.

    Keep up the great work!

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