Saraban: A Chef’s Journey Through Persia is many things indeed: it’s a personal account of a couple’s journey through modern Iran, an homage to Persian food culture, and a collection of beautiful photography, and a sharing of gorgeous recipes. Being half-Iranian and desperately fascinated by all things culinary, this volume and I were always going to be a match made in heaven.
Greg and Lucy Malouf are quite the couple. Greg’s a superb chef and Lucy an evocative writer. This mesmerising account of their travels showcases their adventurous personalities; their willingness to throw themselves into unknown cultures and emerge the other side, ready to share the experience with the wider world.
From following ancient spice trails to spend time with saffron growers, toffee-makers and pistachio farmers amongst many other characters, to eating at busy markets, hidden-away restaurants and in Persian homes, Saraban traces a journey that would feature on any foodie traveller’s bucket list.
This is a truly spectacular and completely unforgettable read. I’d like to say there’s a particular highlight, but in all honesty, every word, every image and every page is a highlight. There’s no way I could pick just one.
This book’s RRP is £20, but you can buy your copy here on Amazon.co.uk for just £12.80 (and don’t forget, you’ve only got five days left to order in time for Christmas!) or ‘here on eBay if you’re in the US.