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Bottom of the Pot

Bottom of the Pot

Persian Recipes and Stories

Naz Deravian

Flatiron Books

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Praise for Bottom of the Pot

"In her debut cookbook Bottom of the Pot, Naz Deravian brings us right to her table, and to all the tables that have informed hers. Every bit of writing and each recipe is a poem, each photograph so tempting. I am so taken by this book and am reminded of what made me fall in love with cookbooks in the first place: they teach us about the world outside of our own walls, introduce us to people we might not otherwise know, and invite us to make new memories and traditions in our own kitchens. In this way, cookbooks are the most hospitable political tool I know. They don't build walls, they elongate tables. Thank you Naz for this beautiful book that I already cherish." - Julia Turshen, author of Now & Again, Feed the Resistance and Small Victories

“Yes, Bottom of the Pot is a beautiful, engaging book. Yes, its stories, recipes, and photos will bring an entirely new generation of cooks into the extraordinary, sophisticated Persian kitchen. But far more importantly, Bottom of the Pot is a timely book. As a nation, we stand at a crossroads: we can choose to turn our attention outward, look out into the world with empathy, celebrate diversity, and immerse ourselves in the sensual pleasures of cultures foreign to us. Or, we can build walls, both figurative and literal. We can close ourselves off to the infinite gifts of this wild and vibrant world. This book will nudge us to choose the former path. Indeed, by app… More…

"In her debut cookbook Bottom of the Pot, Naz Deravian brings us right to her table, and to all the tables that have informed hers. Every bit of writing and each recipe is a poem, each photograph so tempting. I am so taken by this book and am reminded of what made me fall in love with cookbooks in the first place: they teach us about the world outside of our own walls, introduce us to people we might not otherwise know, and invite us to make new memories and traditions in our own kitchens. In this way, cookbooks are the most hospitable political tool I know. They don't build walls, they elongate tables. Thank you Naz for this beautiful book that I already cherish." - Julia Turshen, author of Now & Again, Feed the Resistance and Small Victories

“Yes, Bottom of the Pot is a beautiful, engaging book. Yes, its stories, recipes, and photos will bring an entirely new generation of cooks into the extraordinary, sophisticated Persian kitchen. But far more importantly, Bottom of the Pot is a timely book. As a nation, we stand at a crossroads: we can choose to turn our attention outward, look out into the world with empathy, celebrate diversity, and immerse ourselves in the sensual pleasures of cultures foreign to us. Or, we can build walls, both figurative and literal. We can close ourselves off to the infinite gifts of this wild and vibrant world. This book will nudge us to choose the former path. Indeed, by appealing to our senses and our hearts, Bottom of the Pot will bring new meaning to Michael Pollan's idea that 'Eating is a political act.'
Like Madhur Jaffrey and Marcella Hazan before her, Naz Deravian will introduce the pleasures and secrets of her mother culture's cooking to a broad audience that has no idea what it's been missing. America will not only fall in love with Persian cooking, it'll fall in love with Naz.”
- Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: The Four Elements of Good Cooking

“With this beautiful collection of recipes, Naz Deravian lovingly shows how Persian cuisine comprises an entire world of its own. Deravian makes the fantastic flavors and unique ways to use the traditional ingredients of Persian food accessible to any interested cook.”
- Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen and Lucid Food

“From cover to cover of her beautiful book, Naz invites us into the intoxicating embrace of Persian-American cooking. Her stories are as charming and welcoming as her recipes, gently wafting into our own kitchens with the promise of aromatic flavors we can’t wait to experience. The procession of ingredients—from saffron and fresh herbs to rose petals and cool yogurt—is dazzling, and I feel completely at ease under Naz’s guiding hand to explore them all. The bottom of my own pot will happily never be the same!”
- Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms

"Colors, aromas, and stories seduce and transport the reader to a world of food that is simply irresistible! Naz Deravian, a passionate home-cook, created this brilliant collection of easy-to-follow recipes from her native Persian cuisine —the mother of urban Eastern Mediterranean cooking. The author’s personality permeates the book as she complements the recipes with family narratives and traditional tales. She describes appetizers as ‘Music and Poetry;’ soups as ‘Heart,’ and Khoresh --the long-simmered, jam-like stews-- as ‘the Soul.’ Rice dishes, with their crunchy tahdig are the ‘Jewels’ of Persian cooking, and the ever-present naan (breads) are, of course, ‘Life;’ Kookoo --my favorite frittata-like, egg-and-vegetable dishes-- are ‘the Light.’ And we mustn’t forget ‘Love,’ the well-chosen, simple desserts.

"With easy to find ingredients and wonderful spice and herb combinations every dish becomes a new adventure: ‘follow the recipe for the first time,’ the author advises, ‘then relax, throw it all away, play, and, make it your own.’ The book’s beautiful pictures and clear instructions on what to pre-cook and how to store –most dishes are better the next day— or freeze, inspire everybody to get into the kitchen and recreate these tantalizing, age-old savory and sweet dishes." - Aglaia Kremezi, author of Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts

"An easy access to a sophisticated cuisine.
Delicious homemade gourmet food.
Just follow the instructions, uncork the wine,
and get ready for a royal feast."
- Shohreh Aghdashloo, Emmy Award winner

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