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The Saffron Tales – An Iran Food & Culture Tour with Yasmin Khan & Jonny Bealby

13th December 2017


Whilst Iran is well-known for its intricate Islamic architecture, turquoise-domed mosques and ancient sites such as Persepolis, its cuisine is a lesser-known delight. Looking to change that is food writer and cook Yasmin Khan and we are delighted that Yasmin will be leading a tour focusing on Iran’s food and culture in 2018.

The tour will take in the highlights of Iran’s cultural sites in Shiraz, Isfahan and Persepolis, as well as the Rosewater Festival in Kashan. Along the way you’ll visit local food markets and family farms, dine in traditional Persian restaurants and take part in cooking classes with Yasmin. Sample the delights of Persian cuisine, from Fesenjan – a chicken stew in a pomegranate and walnut sauce, to Faloodeh – a sorbet made with rosewater and lime juice.

Yasmin is passionate about sharing people’s stories through food and is proud to be working with Wild Frontiers on our first Iran culinary and cultural tour. Her debut cookbook and travelogue ‘The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen’ celebrates her culinary adventures through Iran and was named by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the BBC Food Programme as one of the best cookbooks of 2016.

Yasmin runs pop-up supper clubs and cookery classes around the world and her recipes have appeared in publications including The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Telegraph, Vogue, Sainsburys Magazine and Stylist.

Yasmin explains, ‘I'm running this tour because I'm passionate about showing people the real Iran, away from stereotypes and political rhetoric. This tour is a unique opportunity to discover a side of the country that never makes the headlines but is central to its story — its dazzling cuisine.’

Iran is a country close to her heart, and Yasmin is enthusiastic about using food as a way to overcome cultural differences and foster understanding.

If this has helped whet your appetite for an exploration of Persian food and culture, you can find out more about our tour, The Saffron Tales – An Iran Food & Culture Tour with Yasmin Khan & Jonny Bealby, here.

Want to know more about Persian cuisine? Read our blog here.

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