Book // Persiana
Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.
Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.

I adore Persian food - there's something about it that's so delicate and not at all heavy or gloopy. The flavours are intricate and I know it sounds cheesy, but it just strikes me that it's food from the soul. Fragrant saffron, toasted spices, sweet juicy pomegranate, meat that falls apart - talks my language.

I must admit I'd never heard of Sabrina Ghayour before I spotted this book in a local book store but I've since watched a load of YouTube clips and love watching her, she has such a lovely way about her. TV aside, I could kiss her for this book. I've had it for 10 months or so and it lives on the kitchen table as I look at it so much. My favourite Sunday morning thing to do is compare what I have in my veg box to the recipes here and plan out some meals for the week - beats reading crap on the internet by far!

Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.
Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.

There's so much I love about this book but my main love is the way it's laid out and photographed - I'm as much into the story behind the food as the next person but it's also nice to have a recipe book that does what it says on the tin and is just to the point and clean. Each recipe has a short description with a little bit of history behind the dish and then the ingredients and recipe are sat side by side in an easy to read font on white.

Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.
Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.

The book is divided into sections for easy inspiration and most of the recipes are easy to follow and all the ingredients are the sort of things that you would have in the cupboard or can pick up easily. If not, flexibility/moderation with ingredients is encouraged. Perfect recipes for stress free cooking that will impress casual dinner guests or enjoy alone and keep some for lunch the next day.

Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.
Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.
Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.
Persiana recipe book review. Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.

Buy buy buy! You won't regret it and just perfect for Spring. I'll bet you'll have tried loads in no time, as I have. Would also make a perfect gift for a birthday for basic cooks right through to more advanced.

See Sabrina talk about the book here and it's available in most book stores - as always, I encourage supporting your local bookshop but if you want a link it's available at Waitrose and Amazon.

Formally Emma Gutteridge