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Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  18 reviews
This book is at once an exploration, a celebration, and a little-known tale of unity. It presents 150 delicious vegetarian dishes that together trace a fascinating story of culinary linkage. As renowned cookbook writer and teacher Najmieh Batmanglij explains, all have their origins along the ancient network of trade routes known as the Silk Road, stretching from China in t ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Mage Publishers (first published 2002)
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Katie
A while ago Mum and I got enthusiastic about cookie stamps. The inspiration was a recipe in Silk Road Cooking - a book that I’ve borrowed from the library, given to Mum, and currently have on order for myself. The recipe in Silk Road Cooking (if I remember correctly) is for Date and Walnut Scones (or something similar). It’s basically these little pillow-like cookies, stuffed with a date and walnut - kind of like a Fig Newton. Really, the thing that’s most appealing about these cookie/scones, is ...more
Lori
Received as a Christmas gift last year, this tasty exploration of vegetarian dishes inspired by one of my favorite historical phenomenas delivers on variety and inventiveness. So far the Central Asian and Middle Eastern dishes are definite strengths, compared to the weak South Asian dishes (particularly Indian braises) which capture the spirit but rely too heavily on turmeric.

If you're looking to enliven a geographically uninterested palate, seek out this text. Again, the Central Asian dishes w
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Jafumbwa Asad
This book highlights the recipes and foods (sans meat) used along the silk road.
FiveFlavours
I love, love, love this book! I got it from the library and I fear that I will soon be paying overdue fees as I can't bear to part with it. So far I've made a palow that was absolutely delicious, and I've got my eye on many more recipes. I am fascinated with Central Asia and I really loved the travelogue/ anthropological viewpoint of the book. Plus the author has filled it with delicious stories and quotes from Rumi. I agree with the other poster who said she'd spent more time reading it than co ...more
Shantiwallah
Nov 21, 2010 Shantiwallah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: travellers who love exploring new foods right in their own home
Shelves: food, food-asia
I love, love, love this book! I got it from the library and I fear that I will soon be paying overdue fees as I can't bear to part with it. So far I've made a palow that was absolutely delicious, and I've got my eye on many more recipes. I am fascinated with Central Asia and I really loved the travelogue/ anthropological viewpoint of the book. Plus the author has filled it with delicious stories and quotes from Rumi. I agree with the other poster who said she'd spent more time reading it than co ...more
Sarah
I had to buy this book. This cookbook is amazing. I saw a recipe for rice with coconut and tamarind, except my tamarind was dry in pods, so I flipped back to the reference/glossary section and sure enough, she explains how to make your own tamarind paste. It was much easier and quicker than I thought it would be, and of course the results were delicious. Everything else I tried has been great, too.
louisa
Great birthday gift from last year from bookish. Oh how I love this book. I admit I read it more than I cook from it, but everything I've made, I've loved. Batmanglij is also the author of the cookbook that led me to realize that Persian food is the perfect food for my palate.
Michelle
This is a gorgeous book with stories of travel, beautiful photos and delicious recipes. I have purchased this book many times for newly married friends or friends who love to cook. I receive loads of compliments every time I serve a recipe from this book. Yum!
Jane
This cookbook is awesome. I might have to buy it! Things I made (and loved):

-Chinese Noodle Salad
-Sichuan Toasted Sesame & Cabbage Salad
-Baba Ganoush
-Georgian Pilaf with Tart Cherries
-Persian Pistachio Cake
Susie
i want to love everything there is in this book, but i think you might actually have to travel the silk road to gather many of the crucial ingredients. as a result, i've yet to use it, but it's well-put together.
Hester
This books is so much more than a cookbook. It opened up a whole world to me, and taught me a little about Central Asia. The photography is stunning, illustrating both the food and the world that created it.
Tammy
This is a stunning book, excellent recipes, and beautiful to browse even if you never cook a thing from it! I usually look at it, then go out to a good Persian restaurant.
Kjersten
Delicious and informative a dleighful treat for both the sense and the imagination. We are not that different across this great globe as this cook book shows us.
Kit
Wonderful pictures and fantastic recipes! I loved reading the history of each item-and of the Silk Road.
Gail
Dec 02, 2009 Gail rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Suzanna
Shelves: food-and-cooking
This is my absolute favorite cookbook right now. Every recipe I've made from it has been a success.
Juliana
Gorgeous cookbook, although rather large, and the recipes aren't the easiest. Ah well, it's lovely.
Jen
Beautiful photos and good recipes.
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Najmieh Batmanglij, hailed as “the guru of Persian cuisine” by The Washington Post, has spent the past 30 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. Her cookbook New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies, was called “The definitive book of Persian cooking” by the Los Angeles Times; her Silk Road Cooking: ...more
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