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My cookbook: "Tehran to New York"

On the Norouz day of 2020 spring, I finally published my book. The manuscript is titled: "Tehran to New York: A culinary bridge between Persian and Western cultures" and aims at presenting a unique blend of classic and contemporary Persian recipes, as well as samples of Western-style cuisine, offered in a Persian context. It is important to build bridges between cultures, and not walls. This book aims at constructing a bridge between the Persian and Western cultures. The book may be ordered here:
https://www.amazon.com/Tehran-New-York-culinary-cultures-ebook/dp/B0861H47GS/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tehran+to+new+york&qid=1584810930&sr=8-1

Pumpkin-spiced roasted pumpkin hummus

Presented here is an autumn inspired hummus, consisting of roasted pumpkin and chickpeas, spiced with pumpkin-spice seasoning, with its sweetness counter-balanced with a generous helping of fresh lime juice. The key to having a good hummus is using plenty of tahini, avoid adding oil and using ice cold water to liquify, and making sure all the skins from the chickpea pulses are picked and removed. Another example of a smooth and easy hummus in the archive is this red lentil hummus.

Ingredients:
1.1 Pounds (~500 gr) chickpeas, cooked and skins removed
4 Oz (~113 gr or ½ cup) roasted pumpkin or squash puree
5.29 Oz (~150 gr or ⅔ cup) tahini
2 Persian limes, juice
½ TSP ginger powder
½ TSP granulated garlic
½ TSP allspice
½ TSP cinnamon
1 TSP Kashmiri chili powder (or any mild chili powder or paprika of choice)
½ TSP salt
⅓ to ½ ice cold water
Feta crumbles, sesame seeds, mint leaves, and extra virgin olive oil to garnish (optional)
Note: To make the toasted naan wedges, smear the surface of each loaf with extra virgin olive oil and Sriracha and then sprinkle with crumbled feta. Toast in a hot oven until crispy. Cut to triangles and serve. 

Roast the pumpkin and puree, using a fork. You can also use canned pumpkin puree (not the sweetened and spiced stuff, made specifically for pumpkin pie).

To have a smooth hummus, remove all the skin from the pulses. The amount of collected skin form a can of chickpea will surprise you! In a blender mix all the ingredients. Gradually add the ice cold water to the blender's jar until the blades run comfortably and the hummus is light, shiny, and very smooth.
Feta cheese (or any cheese) matches well with pumpkin and forms a pleasing flavor profile. Use some to garnish. 

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