Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond: From the Sunday Times no.1 bestselling author of Feasts, Sirocco and Bazaar (Hardback)




BEST COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR – Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014

Persiana: the new must have cookbook.

‘Sabrina Ghayour’s debut cookbook Persiana is an instant classic…The Golden Girl’ – Observer Food Monthly

A joyous feast of modern Middle Eastern cookery: this highly accessible, store-cupboard friendly collection will brighten any repertoire and is a joy for the armchair traveller as well as the home cook.

A celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with over 100 recipes for modern and accessible Middle Eastern dishes, including Lamb & Sour Cherry Meatballs; Chicken, Preserved Lemon & Olive Tagine; Blood Orange & Radicchio Salad; Persian Flatbread; and Spiced Carrot, Pistachio & Coconut Cake with Rosewater Cream.

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Dimensions: 192x250x28mm

Do you enjoy having friends round for dinner?

Would you like to offer them something delicious which is easy to prepare and which they may not have experienced before?

If the answers are yes, then this is the book for you.  There are starters, soups, mains and the ingredients are readily available. The recipes give detailed instructions which are easy to follow for an amateur cook. So, get ready to amaze your friends and family with such dishes as Spicy tomato & pepper dip, or maybe Quinoa salad with toasted pistachios preserved lemons and courgettes and what about Saffron lemon chicken? 

Approx. 135 colour photographs and black and white illustrations


Sabrina Ghayour is an Iranian-born, self-taught home cook turned chef, cookery teacher and food writer. She made her name hosting the hugely popular ‘Sabrina’s Kitchen’ supper club in London, specializing in Persian and Middle Eastern flavours, and went on to be named the Observer’s Rising Star in Food. Her award-winning debut, Persiana, is a worldwide bestseller, and her follow-ups Sirocco, Feasts and Bazaar were Sunday Times bestsellers. Her new book Simply is now available to order. Follow Sabrina @SabrinaGhayour and on


“A lovingly-written homage to the enchanting dishes of the Middle East. Sabrina Ghayour takes the reader on her magic carpet to the ancient and beautiful lands of rose-scented sherbets…and to a table of abundant feasts, and of honeyed and spiced delights. What a fantastic treasure trove of good food! Within these pages, the cook will find recipes for tagines, soups, stews, salads and plenty of sweet treats. Through the pages of Persiana, Sabrina delivers the Eastern promise in its delicious, gastronomic form. If you want to eat like an Arabian Knight, then start here…but be sure to stock up on cinnamon, cumin and coriander… ” – Raymond Blanc

Sabrina Ghayour is a phenomenal Persian chef.” – Gizzi Erskine

Sabrina cooks the kind of food I love to eat: lots of flavours distilled out of love and generosity. In this book Sabrina demystifies the use of spices. The Eastern promise is definitely delivered in her book and it will have a place on the shelves of my kitchen.” – Bruno Loubet

Loving Persiana. – Nigella Lawson

An instant classic. – Observer Food Monthly

The most exciting debut cookbook of the year. – Sunday Telegraph Stella

Sumptuous, thrilling, learned and downright brilliant. – Tom Parker-Bowles, Mail on Sunday

Brilliant for the novice, the time-poor and even the seasoned cook. – Eve O’Sullivan, Guardian

Will have you salivating with Pavlovian gusto on page after page. – Independent

This is Ottolenghi with rocket fuel. – Times

The golden girl of Persian cookery. – Shahesta Shaitly, Observer Food Monthly

Enchanting. – Saveur

A fantastic treasure trove of good food. – Raymond Blanc

The most appetising book. I want to eat every page of it. – Pierre Koffman

Sabrina cooks the kind of food I love to eat. – Bruno Loubet

Sabrina Ghayour is a phenomenal Persian chef. – Gizzi Erskine

The latest doyenne of Persian food. – Chloe Scott, Metro

This book will delight fans of Ottolenghi-style food. – Waitrose Kitchen

 Easy to decipher, packed with lots of flavour and… surprisingly easy to pull off. – Huffington Post

 A gorgeously produced ode to richly spiced, exotic food from the Middle East and beyond. – A Little Bird


Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group

Additional information

Weight 1020 g
Dimensions 25.0 × 19.2 × 2.8 cm


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