Najmieh Batmanglij

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Najmieh Batmanglij
Born 1947 (age 67–68)
Culinary career
Cooking style Persian

Najmieh Batmanglij (Persian: نجمیه خلیلی باتمانقلیج‎, IPA: [nædʒmiːˈje bɒːtmɒːŋɢeˈliːdʒ]) is an Iranian-American chef and award-winning cookbook author.


Batmanglij was born in Tehran but received her undergraduate and master's degrees in the United States.[1] She returned to Iran after her time in America but was soon forced into exile because of the Iranian Revolution.[1] She and her husband fled to Vence, France where she studied cooking and began translating her mother's recipes into French resulting in her first cookbook Ma Cuisine D'Iran.[2] In the 1980s Batmanglij permanently relocated to Washington, DC where she wrote her most celebrated book Food of Life,[1] after the success of that book she went on to write five more cookbooks including From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table, which won a Gourmand Cookbook Award.[3] and Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, which was compared by The New York Times to reading, "a good novel — once you start, it's hard to put down."[4] Batmanglij has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and also teaches Persian cooking.[1] On February 15, 2013, in his weekly article for the Guardian newspaper, Yotam Ottolenghi included a recipe that was inspired by a recipe in Food of Life, about which he said, "One of the most exciting cookbooks I've seen in a while, Food Of Life: Ancient Persian And Modern Iranian Cooking And Ceremonies, by Najmieh Batmanglij – I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Iran's glorious food culture."[5] She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier.[6]

Her sons are Rostam Batmanglij of the band Vampire Weekend, and Zal Batmanglij, director of the 2011 Sundance film Sound of My Voice.[7]


  • Ma Cuisine d'Iran (Grancher, Paris, 1984)
  • Food of Life (2010) and New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies (Mage, 1986 and 1992-2009)
  • Persian Cooking for a Healthy Kitchen (Mage, 1994, 2006)]
  • A Taste of Persia: An Introduction to Persian Cooking (Mage 1999-2006, I.B. Tauris, London 1999-2007)]
  • Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey (Mage, 2002, 2004).]
  • From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table (Mage, 2006)]
  • Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year (Mage, 2008)]


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