Silk Road Vegetarian: cooking journey through cultural traditions

TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) – “Silk Road Vegetarian: Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Recipes for the Mindful Cook”, written by Dahlia Abraham-Klein, is a thoughtful and delicious collection of over 120 vegetarian recipes of the Silk Road.

Silk Road Vegetarian thoroughly explores the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Silk Road to show how cultural traditions have influenced the cuisine. Each dish enjoys a rich history – linking past to present in a particular place.

The recipes address pressing contemporary needs by showing us how to eat a healthy, balanced and yet interesting diet with locally-sourced, earth-friendly ingredients.

The book includes the secrets of healthy and sustainable eating that have been practiced along the trade routes of Asia for centuries.

Fascinating photos of delicious dishes filled with richly-flavored vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes welcomes any vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the book.

According to GoodReads, author Dahlia Abraham-Klein is a food educator and nutritionist who draws from her own family heritage to create meals that honor what is most meaningful about cooking and food everywhere in the world—a connectedness to place, history and family. Her book is about developing culinary awareness and celebrating diversity— discovering foods with contrasting tastes and textures that are simple and easy to prepare.

In a part of her description of the book, Dahlia says, “I create delicious, happy-to-be-alive dishes that are only possible with organic, high-quality ingredients. I love the challenge of taking non-vegetarian recipes from my childhood and turning them into their healthier vegetarian counterparts.”

Dahlia says she is especially interested in healing people through cooking, making people feel invigorated when they walk away from the table.

Every recipe includes a generous garnish of Dahlia’s personal memories and cultural insights. This user-friendly cookbook can become an asset in everyone’s kitchen.

The book includes recipes from many countries along the Silk Road. It also addresses cooking a number of Persian dishes like Kookoo Sabzi.

Bengali Potato & Zucchini Curry, Afghan Risotto, Zucchini with Basil Vinagrette, Turkish Baked Eggplant with Mint, Curried Lentil Burgers, Sesame Kale Salad, and dozens more, are among other great recipes addressed in the book.

World’s top news websites and journals described different views on the book: “One of the ten best vegetarian cookbooks of the year” – The New York Times

Presents diverse and wide-ranging recipes both familiar and exotic. Set against a background of culinary and cultural history. Strongly recommended. –Library Journal

“The recipes in Silk Road Vegetarian are delectable, creative and healthy! I love the fact that every recipe includes a generous garnish of Dahlia’s personal memories and cultural insights. This user-friendly cookbook will become an asset in my kitchen.” —Rinku Bhattacharya, author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles

“Imagine a vegetarian and gluten-free excursion along the Silk Road that is redolent with spices and scented with roses, oranges, and herbs. Silk Road Vegetarian will bring you along on a journey through Asia, Africa, Europe, and India—with a bit of Latin influence as well.”—with a bit of Latin influence as well.” —Dr. Jean M. Layton, co-author of Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies

“A collection of vegetarian recipes from Central Asia (including the Middle East and India), this book is right up my alley. I have many recipes bookmarked and am enthused to keep using this cookbook!” —The Spiced Life blog

“The book is perfect for mindful cooks who want to eat a healthy diet filled with locally-sourced ingredients.” — Diabetic Foodie blog

As an Iranian woman who loves cooking I feel that the book “Silk Road Vegeterian” is something different than all those cookbooks I encountered and which include the same types of boring fish, chicken and meat dishes that everyone already knows and is tired of. While reading the book, I felt so many exotic dining options in mind to make a different dinner table with the message of health. The recipes are cultural and have never been written down formally, and only passed down through word of mouth from generation to generation for hundreds. Silk Road Vegetarian is truly one of a kind.

By Mehr News Agency