Sabzi khordan, herb platter with bread, cheese. Photo: Lauren Volo for Edible Brooklyn

A few weeks back, Edible Brooklyn editor (the inimitable) Rachel Wharton, and photographer Lauren Volo came to visit me in Williamsburg. I prepared a feast for them – nine different dishes! – of food that I tasted in Iran. Although we eventually sat down and ate, it wasn’t until Lauren had gorgeously photographed all of it. Her photos will accompany my essay about visiting Iran, which will appear in next month’s Travel Issue. Now, Edible Brooklyn is asking people to vote for their favorite cover photo for the Travel Issue, and Lauren’s photo of the classic Persian herb platter, sabzi khordan, is in the running.

Please take a moment to go over and vote for this luscious photo! Wouldn’t it be cool to see Persian food on the cover of Edible Brooklyn? Thanks!

Photo: Sabzi khordan, herb platter with bread, cheese. Lauren Volo for Edible Brooklyn

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Travels with Jason

by Louisa on July 28, 2014

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I’ve been wanting to write about my recent trip to Iran, but it was such a wonderful, mind-blowing experience, with so many facets, that it has been challenging to know where to start. Unfortunately last week I got the kick in the pants that I needed to start writing: my good friend Jason Rezaian, an American citizen and the Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post, was taken into custody in Iran on charges of spying. [click to continue…]

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Iran’s Soccer Diplomacy: An Appealing World Cup Team May Be the Persian People’s Best Messenger

June 25, 2014
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I wouldn’t call myself an ardent soccer fan, but for the past week I’ve been planning my schedule around Iran’s World Cup matches. When the team known as Team Melli (the National Team, in Farsi) won their World Cup-qualifying match against South Korea last year, I was working furiously to fill orders at Café Nadery, [...]

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Persian Matzo Ball Soup, Holy Week, and an Earth Day Giveaway

April 21, 2014
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It’s been quite a week, between Passover, Easter, Earth Day, 4/20 Day, and I’m going to throw in Norooz because it was just about ending when Holy Week was beginning. Between all of these holidays I’ve been doing a lot of cooking!

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Norooz Dinner at Zahav in Food and Wine

April 1, 2014
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At the start of this year’s Norooz holiday, I went back to my home town to cook a dinner with the wonderful folks at Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia. Lots of special people were there, including high school friends and family members. There were Iranians and Iranian Americans, “halfsies” like me, and people who knew nothing [...]

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Persian Raisin and Saffron Cookies for Norooz

March 13, 2014
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The Persian New Year, Norooz, is coming up on March 20, and it’s time to get baking sweet treats in order to conjure sweetness in the new year. You can hear me talking in depth about Norooz and food traditions on KCRW’s Good Food with Evan Kleiman on last weekend’s show. This year I made [...]

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Food52 Piglet, Norooz in Philly

March 2, 2014
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Hey Folks, I’m very excited that The New Persian Kitchen has made it to the final round of Food52′s Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks. (Update: The New Persian Kitchen took the top prize! Read about the decision, and check out all of the other wonderful contender cookbooks, on Food52.)

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Café Nadery in The New Yorker

January 27, 2014
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Last week I was on the phone with my cousin chatting about her recent trip to Iran. She spent the whole time in Tehran, visiting family. One day, she told me, she took the metro–yes, there is a metro in Tehran, I didn’t know either!–from the Northern end of the city to the center. She [...]

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Passport to Iran: How (and Why) I Struggled to Get My Iranian Citizenship

January 9, 2014
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Last month, the Islamic Republic of Iran granted me an Iranian passport, bringing to an end a trying application process that lasted almost exactly two years. As I imagine must be the case when applying for citizenship anywhere in the world, the procedure was frustrating, humbling, and seemingly illogical, to the point where it was [...]

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One Simple Change, and Winnie Abramson’s Recipe for Homemade Yogurt

December 19, 2013
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I’ve got a holiday present for you! One of my favorite bloggers, Winnie Abramson, ND, has written the excellent book One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life. Winnie is the writer behind Healthy Green Kitchen, and the book expands on the inspiring ideas for healthy living that Winnie writes about online. I like it [...]

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