Tell us about your latest cookbook.
I started writing Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Ramily Receipes 10 years ago, but got sidetracked. It was eventually published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster and launched at Bloomingdale’s Home in Dubai.
What inspired you?
My grandparents and parents. It’s a sort of love letter to them and to Iran itself.
How did you research it?
I sat and exchanged recipes with the female members of all the families I knew in Iran, from my own grandmother to our housemaids who have been with us for 50 years and are amazing cooks.
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