Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey

This book is at once an exploration, a celebration, and a little-known tale of unity. It presents 150 delicious vegetarian dishes that together trace a fascinating story of culinary linkage. As renowned cookbook writer and teacher Najmieh Batmanglij explains, all have their origins along the ancient network of trade routes known as the Silk Road,

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This book is at once an exploration, a celebration, and a little-known tale of unity. It presents 150 delicious vegetarian dishes that together trace a fascinating story of culinary linkage. As renowned cookbook writer and teacher Najmieh Batmanglij explains, all have their origins along the ancient network of trade routes known as the Silk Road, stretching from China in the east to the Mediterranean in the west. On this highway moved not just trade goods but also ideas, customs, tastes and such basics of life as cooking ingredients. The result was the connecting and enrichment of dozens of cuisines. In Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, Najmieh Batmanglij recounts that process and brings it into the modern kitchen in the form of recipes that are venturesome and yet within reach of any cook. They are intended for vegetarian, partial-vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike–anyone who is looking for balanced, unusual and exceptionally tasty dishes. The book offers a wealth of information derived from the author s extensive research and her travels along the Silk Road during the past 30 years. She complements the recipes with stories, pictures, histories of ingredients, and words of wisdom from her favorite poets and writers of the region. The scope of her culinary journey of discovery is vast–from Xian in China, to Samarkand in present-day Uzbekistan, to Isfahan in Iran, to Istanbul in Turkey, and to the westernmost terminus of the ancient trade routes in Italy. Her recipes all of them personal favorites include such exotic yet simple fare as Sichuan Crispy Cucumber Pickles; Afghan Boulani, a savory pastry stuffed with garlic chives; Persian Pomegranate and Walnut Salad; Kermani Pistachio and Saffron Polow with Rose Petals; Chinese Hot and Sour Tofu Noodle Soup; Turkish Almond and Rice Flour Pudding; Uzbek Candied Quince with Walnuts; and Sicilian Sour Cherry Crostata. Fortunately, all the ingredients for these recipes can be obtained at local supermarkets and farmers markets. In recent years America has become a kind of modern Silk Road, where wonderful ingredients from all over the world are available to everyone.

Contents Introduction: A Traveler s Tale; The Era of Caravans; New Foods East & West.
Toward a Silk Road Cuisine: Salads; Soups; Eggs; Rice; Fruit & Vegetable Braise; Pasta, Pizza & Bread; Pastries, Desserts & Candies; Teas, Coffee & Sherbets; Preserves, Pickles & Spices.
Silk Road Glossary & Resource;
Credits & Acknowledgments.
Index

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Comments

P. L. Rao says:

Simply Wonderful! This book is simply wonderful. The recipes are straight forward and easy to make. They also taste amazing. I have a huge collection of cookbooks, and this is my favorite book for Central Asian meals. I love Najmieh’s approach to food. She is truly a food anthropologist, and her recipes show the extensive research that she has done for this book. I also have her Persian cookbook, and I love the vegetarian options for each recipe. If you are even thinking about buying this book, you should just…

Andrew271828 says:

Awesome recipes from under-represented cuisines I love this book. It has recipes from the whole Silk Road – Italy, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, China, India… Much of that central Asian cuisine is not available in many places, so the flavors are novel and exciting. Also, many of these cuisines are often meaty, so the traditional veggie foods are an extra treat. Many recipes are quite easy and simple, but some are time consuming. Pleasant, unimposing side stories give some context. Easily a top 5 cookbook (out of 100+)

Nora says:

Lovely Book A fascinating book–not just the recipes, but the narrative and photos. I bought it for my daughter-in-law and liked it so much that I bought one for myself, too. I day-dreamed my way through the exotic countries. It made me want to visit them & sample the cuisine first-hand. Some of the ingredients are a little hard to get where I live, though.

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