The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Persian, Sekandar Marries Roshanak (detail from folio 326b) in Shahnameh, late 16th century, British National Library.

Presented by Sussan Babaie, PhD, the Courtauld Institute of Art; Najmieh Batmanglij, chef and cookbook author

Persian cuisine combines light herbs and pungent spices; meats and vegetables; and fruits and nuts in dishes bursting with flavor and jewel-like colors, to achieve a delicious and balanced diet.

Tonight's program begins with a brief presentation and conversation by Sussan Babaie, an internationally acclaimed art historian; and Najmieh Batmanglij, who has been hailed as "the guru of Persian cuisine." Afterward, guests are invited to enjoy a tasting buffet of Persian foods.

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• Doors open at 6 pm
• Please bring your ticket or confirmation form.
• All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
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IMAGE: Persian, Sekandar Marries Roshanak (detail from folio 326b) in Shahnameh, late 16th century, British National Library.

About the Programs & Activities

About the Presenters
Professor Sussan Babaie teaches the arts of Iran and Islam at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Born in Iran, she attended the University of Tehran and New York University. She has taught at Smith College in Massachusetts, the University of Michigan, and Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Award-winning cookbook author and chef Najmieh Batmanglij specializes in Persian food and Iranian cuisine. Born in Iran, she lives in Washington, D.C. Her books include Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies and Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey.

This presentation of Art + Cuisine receives generous support from His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States; the Society of Iranian-American Women for Education; Morteza Baharloo; the Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston; and Lily and Hamid Kooros.

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