Say "Iran," and a web of complex political and religious conflicts commingle with ideologies of the modern state. Yet "Persia" evokes a broader picture of an ancient gastro-culture that encompasses many lands and peoples. Food writer and photographer Naomi Duguid spent years exploring lands bound by tradition and custom, just as the territory was opening up to travelers from the West. In Taste of Persia, Duguid writes that connections in the region are found not just in places of worship, language and alphabet, but in kitchens, in gardens and at the table. Find a recipe for Duguid's spinach borani on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Mathar" by the Dave Pike Set