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Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year

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Item description for Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year by Najmieh Batmanglij...

Nowruz--the Persian New Year--is one of the world's great festivals, a full month of activities celebrating the earth, the arrival of spring, and the rebirth of nature. Most of all, it is a festival for families. Children and adults alike can share in preparing special meals, decorating the house, and performing the many ceremonies that welcome the New Year. This book is a guide to customs thousands of years old yet as vital as ever--enjoyable for families no matter where they live or what their beliefs.

Happy Nowruz offers twenty-five fun, easy, and innovative Nowruz recipes, with lots of photos to show you what to do. This is an ideal guide for parents, teachers, and kids--age six and older--to know more about the origins of Nowruz and to get everyone involved in preparing for the arrival of spring by:
baking Haji Firuz cookies
germinating seeds in eggshells
coloring eggs
making a Nowruz garland
jumping over fires
setting the Haft-sinn (seven-s) holiday table
planting narcissus and hyacinth bulbs
selecting and buying goldfish
banging spoons for trick-or-treating
cooking the Nowruz dinner
enjoying the Outdoor Thirteen picnic

Each book is shrinkwrapped with a stainless steel cookie cutter in the shape of the herald of the New Year--Haji Firuz--for making and decorating Haji Firuz Gingerbread Cookies.

Preface 9
An Ancient Tradition 11
Celebrate Spring 13
The Arrival of Haji Firuz 14
Preparing for Nowruz 17
Activities to Welcome Nowruz 19
Preparing Sprouts 21
Eggshell Sprouts 23
Egg Decorating 25
Coloring Eggs 27
A Nowruz Garland 28
Wild Fire Eve 31
The Banging of Spoons 33
Feasting and Fun 35
Nowruz Holiday Table 36
Seven Items 39
Other Elements of the Nowruz Table 41
Gathering to Welcome Nowruz 43
Old Signs of Spring 45
The Transit of Years 47

My Nowruz Menu 48
Nowruz Sweets 49
A Round of New Year's Visits 51
The Outdoor Thirteen Picnic 53

When Children Cook 55
Flabread 57
Flatbread Pizza 59
Cheese, Fresh Herb, Fruit, and Nut Sandwich 61
Fresh Herb Kuku with Barberries 63
Noodle Soup 65
Yogurt and Cucumber Dip 67
Red Rice with Green Beans 69
Green Rice 71
Fish Strips 73
Haji Firuz Gingerbread Cookies 75
Nowruz Cupcakes 77
Cream Puff 79
Cinnamon Date Bun 81
Chewy Raisin Cookies 83
Walnut Kiss Cookies 85
Almond Candy Cookies 87
Rice Cookies 89
Sweet Almond Berries 91
Four-Leaf Clover Cookies 93
Honey Almond Candy Crunch 95
Baklava 97
Puff Pastry Tongues 99
Pomegranate Popsicles 101
Crunch Cream Ice Cream Sandwich 103
Sour Cherry Cooler 105

A New Year Is Born 108
The Iranian Year - Counting the Days 109
Naming the Months 111
A Legacy of the Chinese Zodiac 113
The Animal Cycle of Years 114
Useful Kitchen Tools 116
Haji Firuz Cookie Cutter Template 117
Credits & Acknowledgments 119

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Item Specifications...

Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.2" Height: 2.2"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Spiral Bound
Release Date   Feb 4, 2008
Publisher   Mage Publishers
ISBN  193382316X  
ISBN13  9781933823164  

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More About Najmieh Batmanglij

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! NAJMIEH BATMANGLIJ, hailed as "the guru of Persian cuisine" by The Washington Post, has spent the past 30 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. Her book Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey was selected as "One of the 10 best vegetarian cookbooks of the year" by The New York Times; and her From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table won the Gourmand Cookbook Award for the world's best wine history book of 2007. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches Persian and Silk Road cooking, and consults with restaurants around the world. Her most recent book is Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year.

Najmieh Batmanglij currently resides in Washington. Najmieh Batmanglij was born in 1947.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year?

Great book!  Apr 29, 2008
I love that this cookbook has traditional recipes and information about the Persian New Year. The photos and descriptions are terrific. My only complaint is that some of the recipes have ingredients that are not easy to come by, and no substitutions are noted (nor is there info on whether some of the minor, hard to find ingredients could be omitted, if necessary).
Not what I expected...  Apr 21, 2008
The haji firouz cookie cutter is a blast however the gingerbread receipe does not offer adequate ingrediants to make a good batch! I think the receipes should be revised. Good first effort!
Wonderful Book   Apr 6, 2008
This is yet another wonderful persian cookbook from Ms. Batmanglij. I have three of her other books, and each one is full of fantastic recipes, beautiful photographs, and lovely cultural information. This book is no different. This is be very helpful in learning to celebrate Nowruz with my daughter (my husband is Iranian) for years to come. We already made the haji firuz cookies!
Beautiful book !!  Apr 3, 2008
I have been celebrating NooRooz with my Persian family for 27 years. This children's book is beautifully written with the meanings and symbols of the holiday explained. The recipes are authentic and the illustrations of the children cooking make this a wonderful family book. My children are grown now, but I bought this book for my daughter, who is expecting her first child and set up her first Haft Sein in her own home this year. I know she will enjoy using it with her family in years to come.
Wonderful cook book  Mar 25, 2008
As a teacher, I have been talking about Spring with my kindergarten class, and I came across Najmieh Batmanglij's book "Happy Nowruz". What a delight it is! It's colorful, filled with different easy-to-cook recipes, and the ingredients are easy to get hold of. The pupils in my class especially enjoyed the illustrations of children cooking. We prepared many of the recipes, including cream puffs, pomegranate popsicles, and raisin cookies. The children had a wonderful time cooking, as well as eating each and every one of the foods we made. And they loved sprouting and taking care of their lentil seeds in the egg shells , to make Nowruz Sabzeh. This is a terrific book for youngsters and their teachers!

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