Pardiz is a personal journey into Manuela Darling-Gansser's "paradise past". Having lived in Iran for the first nine years of her life, she returned as an adult to reconnect with the country she remembered so fondly. This book is a celebration of that time; a compilation of memories, stories and beautiful recipes that underline the depth and broad appeal of this great and enduring food culture.
In Pardiz, what Darling-Gansser does is show how seamlessly Persian food fits with trends of today: flourishing food markets; the primacy of local ingredients; the health-giving aspects of vegetable-centric dishes; and the joys of a shared table. The latter is a theme in her book – and in her life.
In her choice of recipes, she gives a sense of the diversity of Persian food – whether it is served in a restaurant, eaten at home, prepared for a picnic, or enjoyed on the street, the setting can determine what is served. Ultimately, she focuses on recipes that are not too complicated or time consuming – recognising the great virtue that is simplicity. And encouraging readers to embrace the sociability that goes with the food as much as the food itself.
Manuela Darling-Gansser was born in Lugano, Switzerland. She spent the first nine years of her childhood in Iran before returning to school in Zurich. An inveterate traveller and keen linguist, she has lived in the US, Japan, Italy and the UK. She has visited other parts of Asia, India, North Africa, Central Asia and the Scandinavian countries. Inspired by family traditions, she has been a passionate cook all her adult life. Her previous successful travel and food books include: Under the Olive Tree, Autumn in Piemonte, Winter in the Alps, Spring in Sicily, Top 10: Recipes for the Beginner Home Cook and Four Seasons, a Year of Italian Food. She lives with her family in Sydney.
Number of Pages: 352
Available: 1st November 2019
Publisher: Hardie Grant