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A Taste of Persian Cuisine

September 14th, 2015

What do my mom’s salmon chraimeh, Camille’s mom’s almond bread and Morgan’s mom’s chicken parm all have in common? Besides for the fact that they’re delicious beyond belief, each one is the kind of dish that can only be learned firsthand. In their cases, a written recipe in a book doesn’t compare to standing beside the cook herself and hearing her inspiration, stories, tips and tricks and eyeballed measurements associated with the dish they’ve been preparing for decades… and it’s that heirloom quality that makes the food taste rich and distinct.

With that idea of togetherness-through-food in mind, Elizabeth Winslow (you know her as the author of our Market Fresh column) recently launched Kitchen Underground. The website serves as a place where food lovers can discover one-of-a-kind cooking classes, taught by real cooks in intimate, authentic spaces. Always excited to try something new, we were thrilled when Elizabeth invited our team into her gorgeous home for a Persian cooking class, taught by Mahshad Vakili. Turns out Elizabeth knew what she was doing when she created Kitchen Underground — our lunchtime get-together was enriching, personal and inspiring, and we each left feeling full and totally enlightened. Keep reading for all the details and some must-try Persian recipes…

*photography by Thomas Winslow

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5 Comments under :: A Taste of Persian Cuisine
  1. Karin says:

    Every time I try to access the Underground cooking class, I get this warning:
    There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.

    The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website’s address.

    Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server
    I would love to sign up for a cooking class in Austin of this caliber, but my network does not let me in

  2. Hi Karin – the link should be fixed now! We’d love to have you at a class! thanks, Elizabeth

    • karin says:

      Sounds super great, need to wait a few more weeks before making decision. This kind of community cooking sounds similar to bookalocal , which have dinners, classes and similar events all over Europe, and New York area. Actually, I met the founders in Brussels a few months ago at a soap making class in the Flemish country side at a goat cheese farm. It was an event which left a huge impression on me and thought something like it would go over well in Austin. I really want to pursue this type of cooking .

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