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One of the countries in the Persian culinary region that has colorful and flavorful food is Georgia. Nestled between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, Georgia has a climate similar to the Mediterranean’s, and a love of vegetables blended with walnuts and vibrant herbs. This recipe from Naomi Duguid’s latest book  Taste of Persia shows up how the combination of eggplant and a rich walnut paste can make for one delicious dish. We can’t wait to “travel” throughout the region for this October 2017 Meet & Eat. You can learn more on Naomi Duguid’s website about her other great cookbooks and her culinary travels around the world.

From the author: “These succulent roll-ups are one of the treasures of the Georgian table. Strips of fried eggplant are coated with spiced walnut paste and rolled up. They’re best if made an hour or more ahead of time and slightly chilled, so that the filling firms up and the flavors have time to blend. Badrigiani make a great appetizer, though in Georgia they are usually served as part of a wide selection of dishes at a meal.”

 

Excerpted from Taste of Persia by Naomi Duguid (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2016. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers.

Taste of Persia is the October 2017 selection for the World Spice Cookbook Club. Taste of Persia is currently available for purchase at our retail store and online.


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