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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:
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Persian style eggplant stew with sausage and sun-dried tomatoes


Persian eggplant stew (i.e. KhoreshBademjan) has invariably been the most viewed English post from blog’s archive. Based on my longer than a decade experience, as a Persian transplant in West, the most highly praised Persian food by the Western palate is indeed eggplant stew. Considering such merit, presented here is a quick style of Persiam eggplant stew, made with Italian sausage and sun-dried tomatoes. The flavor profile is heavily influenced by the Italian cuisine; such that, one might omit the saffron and brand their culinary creations as an Italian sausage stew.       

Ingredients:
2 Pounds (~900 gr) hot Italian sausage(or Merguez or any spicy sausage)
1 pound (~450 gr or 1 large) Italian eggplant, finely diced  
8 Oz (~225 gr or 1 medium) yellow onion, finely chopped
½ TSP turmeric
1 TSP dark chili powder
1 TBSP tomato paste
1 cup beef stock (pr water for a less elaborate edition)
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, coarsely chopped
2 sour oranges (or lemons)
Pinch of saffron (optional)
Note: the recipe does not ask for garlic, as the original Persian stew does not ask for it.



In a large deep skillet pan brown the sausages and set aside. To the same pan, add the onions and lightly caramelize on medium low heat. Add the eggplant cubes and cook until soft and translucent. Add the turmeric, chili powder, and tomato paste and toast in the oil. Return the sausages, sour orange juice, and chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Add enough of the stock to barely cover the sausage links (the amount provided by the recipe should suffice). Cook, uncovered, until the sausages are cooked through and the stew is thick. Sprinkle with saffron before serving.
The fennel spice, used in the sausage, matches well with the overall flavor profile of the stew. Substituting the sausage with milder versions is, thereby, not recommended.

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