Persian Delicacies: Jewish Foods for Special Occasions (A Persian Jewish Cookbook) by Angela Cohan

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Persian Delicacies: Jewish Foods for Special Occasions depicts the diverse culture and community of the Middle East through 100+ Iranian Jewish recipes. Angela Cohan invites the reader to share in an integral part of Middle Eastern culture – food. This collection of recipes from her mother, late grandmother, other members of her family, and her friends creates a colorful Persian tribute to her and her family’s heritage. In this book you'll find:
  • Food for Life: The recipes in this Persian cookbook range from simple everyday fare to the more traditional Iranian Jewish holiday cuisine.
  • Persian Jewish Food and Culture: Angela Cohan gives a glimpse into her community and Iranian Jewish heritage through cooking and short family stories.
  • Plenty of Vegetarian Options: This Persian cookbook has plenty of vegetarian recipes as well as suggestions for substituting meat and other ingredients for those with allergies.
  • Healthy Eating and Cuisine: Each colorful recipe promotes mindful eating through nutrition and supports the idea of eating healthy, nourishing, and unprocessed foods.
  • Over 100+ Persian Recipes: Inspired by Angela Cohan’s rich cultural background as an Iranian Jewish woman, this Middle Eastern cookbook features over 100 recipes celebrating the food and cuisine of her birthplace.

“Recreating these dishes connects me to my roots and brings back the tastes and smells of home for me. I hope you enjoy this cookbook as much as I enjoyed creating it.” – Angela Cohan

Persian Delicacies: Jewish Foods for Special Occasions depicts the diverse culture and community of the Middle East through 100+ Iranian Jewish recipes. Angela Cohan invites the reader to share in an integral part of Middle Eastern culture – food. This collection of recipes from her mother, late grandmother, other members of her family, and her friends creates a colorful Persian tribute to her and her family’s heritage.

Cohan adds her own spin on the rich culinary traditions of Persia, now called Iran, which historically and geographically was connected to the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean as well as Asia. She mentions the natural benefits and vitamins found in the primary ingredients of each dish and suggests many vegetarian options for classic Persian meals that traditionally use meat. This Persian cookbook keeps in mind balanced nutrition and supports the concept of eating nourishing, unprocessed foods for a healthy lifestyle. These Iranian recipes also are complimentary for those following a Kosher diet.

As Cohan aptly states in this Persian Jewish cookbook, “Food creates community. Food is nourishment. Food is medicine. Food is love. When a Persian cook is complimented on their food, the response is always Nooshé Jaan—may your soul enjoy it.” Her recipe book translates and embodies this aspect of Persian culture for the average person with grace and style.

248 PAGES | ISBN-13:  978-1-73261-034-7)

Includes over 100 recipes and dozens of full-color photos.

 Recipes include:

  • Avocado and Spinach Hummus
  • Aashé Anar (Pomegranate Soup)
  • Latkas
  • Dolmeh (Stuffed Peppers)
  • Paneer (Cheese)
  • Joojeh Bademjan (Chicken with Eggplant)
  • Chicken with Dried Apricots and Prunes
  • Ghormé Sabzi (Braised Beef with Herbs)
  • Khoreshé Beh (Quince Stew)
  • Salmon with Saffron Garnish
  • Baklava
  • Fig Cake
  • Doogh (Yogurt Beverage)

Author Bio:

Angela Cohan moved from Tehran, Iran to southern California in 1979, where she continued her early education. She attended UCLA, where she studied psychology and achieved Masters’ degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications. Angela formerly worked as editor for The Iranian Jewish Chronicle and is currently a contributing writer for Cultural Weekly. Angela is a member of PEN USA, an organization that defends and promotes freedom of expression domestically and internationally. She is a mentor at Young Story Tellers Foundation and a member of the National Honor Society. Angela’s award-winning work has been featured in Wildbound PR, The Jewish Journal, Public Poetry Series, I’ll Have Wednesday, FR&D and OntheBus literary journals. Persian Delicacies: Jewish Foods for Special Occasions is her first cookbook.



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