Maman and Me: Recipes from Our Iranian American Family (Hardcover)
You will fall in love with Roya Shariat and her mother, Gita Sadeh, as they welcome you into their home and share their favorite cherished family recipes that include soups and stews, main dishes, desserts, beverages, and so much more. The book takes a unique approach to Iranian cuisine, with recipes and twists that celebrate the evolution of Iranian food in America. Lush, full-color photographs accompany these stunning recipes, many of which are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free, and include:
- Garlicky Eggplant Dip (Kashk Bademjoon)
- Chilled Yogurt and Herb Soup (Ab Doogh Khiar)
- Split Chickpea Stew with Crunchy Potatoes (Gheymeh)
- Sweet and Sour Pomegranate and Walnut Stew (Fessenjoon)
- Syrupy Semolina Cake (Cake-e Sharbati)
- Rice! Tahdig three ways, in addition to dishes like Crunchy Baked Saffron Rice with Chicken (Tahchin)
- And many more
Whether you already know and love Roya and Gita from their popular TikTok videos or are new to their warmth and humor, you are guaranteed to be inspired to make fantastic Iranian-influenced meals that will thrill your palate.
Gita Sadeh is a Maryland-based chef and early childhood educator. She has more than four decades of teaching experience and five decades of culinary experience. Sadeh is known for her cooking online and offline—she has catered events and gatherings from her home kitchen and taught Iranian cooking classes to families throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Her thousands of fans on TikTok call her "the CEO of tahdig."
“Irresistibly toothsome, culturally nourishing.”
“The book is as much for Shariat’s generation as it is for Sadeh’s, reflecting as it does a mix of Iranian and Iranian-American dishes.”
“In this imaginative and utterly charming cookbook, Roya Shariat and her mother, Gita Sadeh, show us how recording a recipe can be an act of preservation: a way to resist the feeling of loss an immigrant may face she has to leave home, or a way to keep the spirit of a departed loved one alive. This is a loving encomium to anyone who has had to uproot themselves because of circumstance and worked to maintain their identity—and a sense of belonging—through food.”
—Mayukh Sen, author of Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America
“What a delight to see Roya and Gita's infectious charm, on display for millions on TikTok, translated into a vibrant cookbook! While Roya and Gita's recipes are uniquely their own, and firmly Iranian American, they possess all the hallmarks of Persian cuisine. I especially love their creative use of delicate and floral spices—and so many fresh herbs!—while maintaining a balance between sweetness and acidity. Reading Maman and Me was like taking a trip back into my own childhood, as I'm also a daughter of an Iranian mother—one who, like Gita, cooks with her senses and so much love.”
—G. Daniela Galarza, staff writer at The Washington Post and author of the newsletter Eat Voraciously
"A sweet and delicious love letter to Iranian food, culture, and family."
—Naz Deravian, author of Bottom of the Pot
“Maman and Me is as soulful as it is delicious, a heart-stirring portrayal of a daughter’s love for her immigrant mother. Roya Shariat and Gita Sadeh welcome us to their family’s colorful table, where cherished Iranian dishes such as slow-cooked abgoosht, garlicky eggplant mirza ghasemi, and homey stovetop kebab come to vivid life. I’ll take seconds.”
—Nilou Motamed, Emmy-nominated television personality and global food expert