The much-anticipated cookbook—an exquisite collection of Persian recipes—from Sofreh, one of Brooklyn’s most acclaimed restaurants.
"I got lost in the flavors of Nasim’s mint oil, saffron rice pudding, and meltingly tender chicken stew laced with sweet-tart flavors from Pink Lady Apples and sour cherries. Her naan e-barbari is the best!" —Suzy Karadsheh, New York Times best-selling author of The Mediterranean Dish Cookbook
Growing up in Isfahan, a province in central Iran, Nasim Alikhani was a passionate cook from childhood, spending the first years of her life in the kitchen alongside her mother. And so, when she departed after the revolution it was by re-creating the dishes of her youth that she was able to feel connected to her home. After decades of cooking for friends and family, at the age of fifty-nine she opened Sofreh restaurant in Brooklyn, to share the food and warm culture of her native Iran with a wider circle.
Now, in her first cookbook, Alikhani offers her readers what she has lovingly been providing for those who know her and who eat in her restaurant: the true tastes of Iran. Here is the timeless, soul-satisfying food of Persia, with its trademark bold herb and spice flavors, succulent, savory stews and stuffed meats, vast bounty of brightly pickled vegetables and fresh fruits, and much, much more.
Containing more than 120 recipes, Sofreh brings together traditional Iranian dishes and modern Sofreh favorites.
Sour Cherry Rice
Roasted Cauliflower with Shallot Yogurt and Pistachios
Sour Chicken Stew
Rosewater and Cardamom Custard
and, of course, everything you need to create a true Iranian breakfast spread at home
A joyous celebration of one of the world’s great cuisines, this essential guide will delight home cooks everywhere.
About the Author
NASIM ALIKHANI has always expressed herself best through food. Coming from a tradition of strong women who are great cooks, she began cooking for large gatherings and parties at a young age. In 2018, she opened Sofreh, a Brooklyn-based Iranian restaurant, to acclaim. THERESA GAMBACORTA is a food journalist and playwright, and the co-author, with Joey Campanaro, of Big Love Cooking.
"This book is as much a love letter to Nasim Alikhani’s home as it is an important resource to guide us through the rich and fragrant foods of Iran. I got lost in the flavors of Nasim’s mint oil, saffron rice pudding, and meltingly tender chicken stew laced with sweet-tart flavors from Pink Lady Apples and sour cherries. Her naan e-barbari is the best, by the way! I am so grateful Nasim wrote this book. What a treasure!" --Suzy Karadsheh, New York Times Best Selling Author of The Mediterranean Dish Cookbook: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You’ll Make on Repeat "Wow! What a discovery!...This book is sensational in every sensual sense of word, a life’s work that evokes roses and wood fires, history and revolution, the lyricism of smoked eggplant, and way too much fresh black pepper. It has changed how I think about food. But it should come with a warning: not to be read when hungry!" --Bill Buford, best-selling author of Heat and Dirt