When Naomi Duguid writes about food, the culinary world pays attention. The James Beard Foundation has twice awarded her Cookbook of the Year, and Duguid’s latest work, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, just won an IACP award for the best culinary travel book. During a recent visit to the test kitchen to discuss the impetus for the book, Duguid told a group gathered around a table that she’d always wanted to go to Iran and the Caucasus.
“I’m a geography and flatbread and rice geek,” she said, admiring the region’s rich culinary traditions and complex physical and political landscapes before comparing the Caspian Sea with the shape of a flatbread. (Ms. Duguid really loves flatbreads.)
Below are some highlights from her talk.