I’m spending the spring in San Francisco for a few reasons. First of all, it’s warmer than Brooklyn. Second, I’ve always thought of SF as my spiritual home since living here a decade ago. And third, for the book release on April 16, I wanted to be close to Tehrangeles, aka Los Angeles, home to the largest community of Iranian expats in the world.
I’m happy to say that San Francisco has welcomed me with open arms. Heidi Swanson, the supernatural goddess of healthy cooking and my new temporary neighbor, asked me to write about my favorite cookbooks on her renowned blog, 101 Cookbooks. Two of the city’s coolest bookstores, Omnivore Books and Book Passage, offered to hold book signings for The New Persian Kitchen, one of which will include tastings and wine. And two of the creative and utterly unique restaurants that make me love this city’s food scene — Bar Tartine and Fly Trap — will be holding New Persian Kitchen-inspired dinners in May.
First, on Saturday May 4, Zaré at Fly Trap will be serving a three-course tasting menu from the book. The menu will reflect the cooking of different regions of Iran. If you’ve tasted Iranian-born chef Hoss Zaré’s food, then you know that he weaves the flavors and ingredients of Persian cooking into beautiful creations that borrow from French and Californian influences. Below is the menu that Chef Hoss and his staff will be preparing.
Radish, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Salad
Lamb Kebabs in Pomegranate-Walnut Marinade kebab-e torsh, Jeweled Rice made with Freekeh morassa polo, Yogurt with Onions and Sumac mast, with Sour Spring Pickles shur
Dessert: Gilan Province, Caspian Sea
Date and Walnut-Filled Pastries koloocheh with Saffron Frozen Yogurt, Shaved Walnuts, and Cardamom Coffee
The second dinner is at Bar Tartine on Monday May 6. The many ingredients shared in common by Eastern European and Persian cuisine are what brought me together with Bar Tartine, as well as Chef Cortney Burns’ love of Persian food. There’s no menu yet, but you can be sure the meal will rock. To get a sense of what our dinner will be like, check out the dinner that Bar Tartine did with Yotam Ottolenghi and Sammy Tamimi, for the release of their brilliant new cookbook, Jerusalem.
If you’re in SF, please join me at one or both events. Both restaurants will be selling copies of the book, and I’ll be on hand to sign them! See my full local event schedule here. Thanks to this beautiful city and the kind people here for making me feel so welcome once again.
Saturday May 4, Fly Trap: New Persian Kitchen tasting menu. Reservations: 415-243-0580
Monday May 6, Bar Tartine: A dinner inspired by The New Persian Kitchen. Reservations: 415-487-1600