Najmieh Batmanglij

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Najmieh Batmanglij
Najmieh Batmanglij
Born
Najmieh Khalili

1947 (age 71–72)
ResidenceWashington D.C., United States
StylePersian cooking
Children
Websitewww.najmieh.com Edit this at Wikidata

Najmieh Khalili Batmanglij (Persian: نجمیه خلیلی باتمانقلیج‎, IPA: [nædʒmiːˈje bɒːtmɒːŋɢeˈliːdʒ]) is an Iranian-American chef and award-winning cookbook author. The Washington Post hailed her as "the grande dame of Iranian Cooking."[1]

Biography[edit]

Najmieh Khalili was born in Tehran, Iran in 1947. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees in education in the United States.[2] She returned to Iran after her time in America but was soon forced into exile in 1979, because of the Iranian Revolution.[3] She and her husband fled to Vence, France as refugees, where she studied cooking and began translating her mother's recipes into French resulting in her first cookbook, Ma Cuisine D'Iran.[4]

In the 1980s Batmanglij permanently relocated to Washington, DC where she wrote her celebrated book, Food of Life.[3] After the success of that book, Batmanglij went on to write five more cookbooks, including From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table, which won a Gourmand Cookbook Award.[5] and Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, which The New York Times compared to reading "a good novel—once you start, it's hard to put down."[6] Batmanglij has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and also teaches Persian cooking.[2] She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, a society of professional women involved in the food, wine, and hospitality industries.[7]

For many years she has taught at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California during the World of Flavors Conference.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

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."[8]

On 6 April 2016, she was the guest chef at First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Nowruz Celebration and Lunch.[9] Julia Moskin of The New York Times wrote about her latest cookbook, "...Magisterial...An engrossing visual feast of modern Iran...Cooking in Iran is an essential new book" and selected it as one of The 19 Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018.[10]

Publishers Weekly called the cookbook, "A massive and thorough guide to Persian cuisine...terrific, reverential, and accessible."[11]

On 5 November 2018 The Washington Post published an article about her written by James Beard Award winning writer Mayukh Sen with the headline " Najmieh Batmanglij is the grande dame of Iranian cooking. It’s time you knew her name."[1]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to book publisher, Mohammad Batmanglij.[2][12] Her sons are Zal Batmanglij, a film director and screenwriter whose projects include Sound of My Voice,[13] The East, and The OA; and Rostam Batmanglij, a musician and producer who was formerly a member of the indie-pop band Vampire Weekend.

Bibliography[edit]

Select cookbooks[edit]

  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (1984). Ma Cuisine d'Iran. Paris: Jacques Grancher Publisher. ISBN 2733901117.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (1986). New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies (1 ed.). Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 0934211000.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (1992). New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies. Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 9780934211345.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2011). New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies. Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 9781933823478.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (1990). Food of Life. Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 9780934211277. Food of Life (published in 2011-2016)
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (1994). Persian Cooking for a Healthy Kitchen (1 ed.). Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 1933823267.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2009). Persian Cooking for a Healthy Kitchen. Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 9781933823263.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2007). A Taste of Persia: An Introduction to Persian Cooking. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84511-437-4. (Mage 1999-2006, I.B. Tauris, London 1999-2007)]
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2002). Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey (1 ed.). Washington D.C.: Mage. ISBN 0934211639.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2008). Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey. Washington D.C.: Mage. ISBN 1933823402.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2006). From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persia Table. Washington D.C.: Mage. ISBN 9781933823003.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2008). Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year. Mage.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2015). Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year. Mage Publishers. ISBN 1933823712.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2015). Joon: Persian Cooking Made Simple. Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 1933823720.
  • Batmanglij, Najmieh (2018). Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets. Washington D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 193382395X.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sen, Mayukh (2018-11-05). "Najmieh Batmanglij is the grande dame of Iranian cooking. It's time you knew her name". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  2. ^ a b c d Benwick, Bonnie S. (2011-03-01). "Persian food guru updates master cookbook". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  3. ^ a b Persian food guru updates master cookbook
  4. ^ "An Interview With Author Najmieh Batmanglij". My Persian Kitchen. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  5. ^ Gourmand World Cookbook Awards (USA Only)-Cook's Books
  6. ^ Landis, Denise (2004-12-08). "For Full- and Part-Time Vegetarians". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  7. ^ Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI)
  8. ^ Ottolenghi, Yotam (2013-02-15). "Yotam Ottolenghi recipes: saffron and chilli lamb skewers, plus walnut and halva cake". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  9. ^ "NewsRoomAmerica.com - Remarks by The First Lady at Annual Nowruz Celebration". www.newsroomamerica.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  10. ^ "The 19 Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018". The New York Times. 2018-10-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  11. ^ "Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes & Cooking Secrets". PublishersWeekly.com. PWxyz, LLC. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  12. ^ Maher, John (2018). "The Iranian-American Couple Dominating Persian Cookbooks". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  13. ^ Q&A: Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling on Sci-fi Cult Tale, "SOUND OF MY VOICE"

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