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Two New York food writers of whom I’m a big fan – Cathy Erway and Leah Koenig – just released new cookbooks. This Tuesday March 31, I’ll be on a panel with them talking about what it’s like to take on your own heritage in a cookbook. The panel/book launch party will be hosted by the brilliant Beth Kracklauer, Food and Drinks Editor at The Wall St Journal. The conversation promises to be raucous and surprising – taking on the interpretation of an ancient cuisine for a modern audience has its challenges as well as its joys. So come join us for a fun evening. Here’s a little info about each book…

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Cathy Erway‘s first book The Art of Eating In dramatically affected how I think about dining. Her latest, The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island, is a loving look at her own heritage and a cuisine that’s still mostly unknown in the US.

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Leah Koenig is a talented writer on a slew food topics, but also widely recognized as a young voice at the vanguard of Jewish diaspora cooking. Her new book, Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes and Customs for Today’s Kitchen, reinterprets traditional Jewish cooking from the perspective of a Brooklynite who is just as passionate about her Jewish heritage as she is about shopping at the greenmarket and cooking locally.

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Our Final Lakh Lakh Dinner, Monday March 23

by Louisa on March 22, 2015

YOZ_4784 Our haft seen from last week’s Norooz dinner. Thanks to Malini Horiuchi of Restaurant Fairy for the photo.

 

After seven months of doing Lakh Lakh, my Persian street food pop-up, it’s time to move on to other projects. But before we wrap it up, we’re going out with a bang tomorrow night. For our final dinner, we’re making some of Iran’s best and most famous offal dishes, including kaleh pacheh, sheep’s head and feet soup! Just for this final night, we are even making mulberry-infused vodka and torshi (mixed vegetable pickle) from scratch. Oh yeah, we will also be serving tahdig, the crispy rice from the bottom of the pot!

Here is our final menu. As usual, we’re at Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E. 7th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 3rd. We serve from 5:30-10 pm, no reservations. Questions? Call Porsena at 212 228 4923. Happy Norooz and happy spring, everyone! And thank you Malini Horiuchi from therestaurantfairy.com for taking such lovely pics of our Norooz dinner last week.

Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday March 23, a dinner of lamb offal and odd bits

Sabzi Khordan, herb and cheese plate with barbari bread. Traditionally eaten by tucking herbs, feta, radishes, and walnuts into the bread and folding it into a sandwich.

Mast-o musir, shallot yogurt. A condiment eaten with rice, stew, kebab, and other foods.

Sambuseh, crispy phyllo triangles stuffed with lamb sweetbreads, with nigella seeds and spicy tomato coriander sauce

Jigar, lamb liver kebab

Khorak-e Zaban-poached lambs tongue w/ saffron sour cream sauce 

Khorak-e maghz-herb & egg batter fried sheep brains

Sabzi polo, herb rice with tahdig

Kidneys gholveh -lamb kidneys sauteed with butter, tarragon & lime

Kaleh pacheh braised sheep head & shanks with chick peas, meat broth & bread

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Get Your Norooz On!

March 15, 2015
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The Persian New Year is coming up this weekend at the spring equinox, and we’re celebrating with a Norooz dinner at Porsena on Monday March 16. Over the last few days we’ve been making handmade noodles, tamarind sauce, beet yogurt with mint, and a delicious tangy curd flavored with limoo omani, dried Omani limes, for […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday March 9

March 8, 2015
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We are winding down to the very final weeks of Lakh Lakh. It’s been an incredible run, but other projects are calling, so we have to end this month on the 23rd, just after the start of the Persian New Year! We are getting ready for a big Norooz dinner at Porsena on March 16, […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday March 2

March 1, 2015
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Even though it snowed all afternoon, I know winter is going to end because the spring equinox is three weeks away. With that comes Norooz, the Persian New Year, and I’ll be celebrating with a Norooz dinner at Porsena on March 16. The menu is full of herbs and spring ingredients, including an Azerbaijani smoked […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday February 23

February 23, 2015
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We’re back tonight to bring you the next installment of Lakh Lakh! With recipes from Gilan Province, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan – Iran’s neighbor to the south. Here’s a piece I wrote for Food52 about the cookbooks that have been inspiring my menus recently. These are all wonderful books about Silk Road cooking and beyond, do […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday February 9

February 9, 2015
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I got inspiration this week from a fascinating cookbook called The Silk Road Gourmet, Volume One: Western and Southern Asia, by Laura Kelley. It gives an overview of the food of every country between The Republic of Georgia and Sri Lanka, along with several recipes. The book allows you to see how food morphs along […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday February 2

February 2, 2015
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Hey folks, we are braving the inclement weather to bring you Persian food tonight! Come join us. it’ll be warm and cozy at Porsena. As usual, we’re at Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E. 7th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 3rd. We serve from 5:30-10 pm, no reservations. Questions? Call Porsena at 212 228 4923.
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Lakh Lakh Menu for Monday January 12 + Cooking with Pomegranates

January 11, 2015
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Happy 2015! I hope you’re feeling inspired by the start of a new year. I’m grateful for the week I had off, it was good to get away from my computer and just cook fresh food, light fires in the fireplace, and read. Where I was staying, there was a copy of Ruth Reichl’s new […]

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Lakh Lakh Menu for December 29

December 29, 2014
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Good morning! Tonight is the final Lakh Lakh dinner of 2014. We’ll be back on Monday, January 12 in the new year. Have a wonderful holiday, see you in 2015!
As usual, we’re at Porsena Extra Bar, 21 E. 7th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 3rd. We serve from 5:30-10 pm, no reservations. Questions? Call […]

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