Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Looking for Recipes

I've got a feeling that finding authentic Iranian dishes is going to be somewhat of a challenge. Although I have a gorgeous cookbook called Mediterranean Cooking With Olive Oil, published by the International Olive Oil Council, with recipes from Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunesia, Turkey and Yugoslavia, none of the recipes are specific to Iran. And although it has served me well in most cases, I don't think the Joy of Cooking will be of much help this time. So, looks like I'm going to have to rely on the Internet, and the guidance of my friend Michael Alimusa, who owns a Middle Eastern restaurant here in Napa called Small World. I also found out that a mutual friend, Ali Rafiee, who is originally from Iran, has agreed to advise me on which dishes to serve.