Cooking with Najmieh Batmanglij

Photo by Annabel Mehran

Najmieh Batmanglij, celebrated chef, teacher, and author of the definitive Persian cookbooks New Food of Life, Silk Road Cooking, and more hosted us recently in her lovely home. Over the course of one day, we were graciously trained in the secret art of preparing a delectable winter meal—complete with the quintessential Persian stunner: saffron rice with a golden crust. We share Najmieh’s introductory lessons in this winter issue of Bidoun (what could be more glorious than a perfect quest?) and invite you to familiarize yourself with the delicacies of one of the oldest, most delicious of world cuisines.

Photos by Annabel Mehran