The Sabzi Questionnaire: Louisa Shafia

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I’m very pleased to present Louisa Shafia in the second installment of the Sabzi questionnaire. Louisa is the author of The New Persian Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 2013) and Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life (Ten Speed Press, 2009). She represents a long awaited voice in Persian cuisine. While I adore Persian food, I’ve… 

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Friday links, vol. 7

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As an academic I don’t get to say this too often (since we don’t seem to have weekends…) but I’m really, really glad it’s Friday. I’ve had a very busy week. However, it was that rare kind of busy that is actually energy-giving. The more I did, the more I seemed able to do and… 

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Cornmeal Biscuits

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I find myself drawn, more and more, to the simplest parts of cooking. The fundamentals, as it were. Baking, and especially breads, is right at the top of that list. I’m not sure why it seems to difficult to master, but I think it has to do with the variables involved. I have become okay… 

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Friday links, vol. 6

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Happy Friday, everyone! This post is a little late coming in today because my life seems to be full of writing deadlines at the moment. I have a few more hours of work to do and then I’m going to reward myself by going for a swim and taking a nap. In that order. Matt’s… 

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Banana Tea Bread

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Sometimes a dud is a dud. And I feel like I should report on things that don’t exactly work out the way I hoped. It’s a duty, I think, to let a fellow home cook know how a recipe worked out. I like having a tea cake around, especially as the weather cools. It’s the… 

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On Cookbooks

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You know what I did today? I stepped inside a brick and mortar bookshop. The internet can be an intoxicating place (hehe) in many ways, but it can’t give you that feeling of inspiration and lust that comes from looking through a thoughtful, beautiful book. I’ve been thinking a lot about cookbooks lately, and not… 

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