On Sunday, May 19, Cortez in Echo Park is hosting a dinner featuring recipes from Louisa Shafia's The New Persian Kitchen from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The menu is based on dishes from the cookbook, but the process of selecting which ones to include was collaborative. Shafia sent a list of suggestions to Cortez co-owner and chef Marta Teegen, who then added input on what would work best with what's available at the farmers market. The two share an appreciation for seasonal ingredients -- an element echoed throughout the cookbook.
Ten Speed Press/Sara Remington The New Persian Kitchen
"Persian cooking has always been taking the bounty of the garden and making it the center of the meal," says Shafia. "The word for paradise comes from the Persian word for a walled garden in the desert."More »