Yasmin Khan - The Saffron Tales (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 5:00pm

In conversation with Jasmin Darznik
Ticket: $25 (includes reception and $10 voucher towards book)

Armed with little more than a notebook and a bottle of pomegranate molasses, and fueled by memories of her family’s farm in the lush seaside province of Gilan, British-Iranian cook Yasmin Khan traversed Iran in search of the most delicious recipes.

Her quest took her from the snowy mountains of Tabriz to the cosmopolitan cafés of Tehran and the pomegranate orchards of Isfahan, where she was welcomed into the homes of artists, farmers, electricians, and teachers. Through her travels, she gained unique insight into the culinary secrets of the Persian kitchen, and the lives of ordinary Iranians today.

In The Saffron Tales, Yasmin weaves together stories from Iranian home kitchens with photography and fragrant, modern recipes rooted in the rich tradition of Persian cooking. Fully accessible to the home cook, Yasmin’s recipes range from the inimitable fesenjoon (chicken with walnuts and pomegranates) to kofte berenji (lamb meatballs stuffed with prunes and barberries). She offers a wealth of vegetarian dishes, including tahcheen (baked saffron and aubergine rice) and domaj (mixed herb, flatbread, and feta salad), as well as sumptuous desserts like rose and almond cake, and sour cherry and dark chocolate cookies.

With stunning photography from all corners of Iran and gorgeous recipe images, this lavish cookbook rejoices in the land, life, flavors, and food of an enigmatic and beautiful country.

Yasmin Khan is a writer and cook from London who loves to share people’s stories through food. She runs Persian cooking classes and pop-up supper clubs, and consults on Iran-related artistic projects. Outside of the kitchen, Yasmin has worked as a campaigner running high-profile national and international campaigns for NGOs, and grassroots groups on issues such as poverty and militarism, with a special focus on the Middle East.

Jasmin Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life and teaches in USF’s graduate creative writing program. She was born in Iran.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632867100
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 27th, 2016

A glorious celebration of the food and people of Iran, featuring stories from home kitchens and more than 80 delicious, modern recipes.