Welcome to Love from Leyla and the first book of recipes I am bringing to you!
My grandmother had eight children (my dad being one of them) and throughout her life until the sad day that she passed, the whole family gathered in her home to enjoy her legendary versions of the traditional Persian staples that influenced many of the recipes that I am bringing to you today.
In the creation of this book, I have been incredibly lucky to have the assistance of my cousin Mahsa who lives in the capital of Iran, Tehran. Mahsa has many talents, preparing the most delicious meals for her family is just one of them and I am so very grateful that she took the time to share her tips with us so that we can achieve the same level of expertise that she has perfected over the years.
The pictures included are from our homes without the use of enhanced photography, in the hope that they show the true end product that following the recipes will allow you to achieve in your own kitchen. For me, the most interesting aspect of Persian cuisine is the adoption of the ancient Greek principle that disease is caused by the fundamental imbalance of the body’s opposing qualities such as wetness/dryness and hot/cold. These principles are still taken into consideration today in many of the Persian recipes that I am bringing to you with this book and careful thought over the benefit to the body in eating the meals detailed here-in has been taken to ensure that each dish is both delicious and nutritious.
I have always been passionate about cooking and now I am a parent to three beautiful children, I’ve become increasingly interested in creating healthy meals that my whole family can enjoy. I love nothing more than watching their faces light up as they devour their fresh food, knowing that what they are eating is not only delicious but also healthy and nutritious.
This timeless cuisine can now be yours to enjoy!