Saraban: A Chef’s Journey Through Persia

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 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.

4 thoughts on “Saraban: A Chef’s Journey Through Persia

    • This is probably my favourite book of the year, and I have an awful lot of Persian cookbooks in my possession! Not to mention a father that likes to think he’s a Persian cookbook… Just for the aesthetics, this is well worth the £12.80 on Amazon. I’ve actually just ordered a second copy to give to somebody as a Christmas present. So overexcited. I’ll stop gushing now.

      • I looked it up on Amazon… I can’t seem to find it in the States yet though :( I’m so jealous of all the awesome cookbooks you can get in the UK that we can’t get here!

        I might end up giving in and just buying it anyway….but for the time being it’s tucked away in my “want” list. :)

  1. It’s so annoying when that happens, isn’t it? Rest assured, it happens in reverse too. There have been so many things I’ve wanted to buy from the US that haven’t been available to the UK yet.

    I’ve just adjusted the links above for you so now there’s an eBay link where you can buy it in the US. The shipping isn’t too much. Hope that helps? I’d love to hear what you think of it if you decide to buy a copy! :-)

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