Top 5 Afghan Cookbooks

As lovers of Afghan cuisine, we understand the importance of having a good cookbook to guide us in preparing authentic and flavorful dishes. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best Afghan cookbooks that will take you on a culinary journey through the rich and diverse flavors of Afghan cuisine.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, these cookbooks will inspire you to create delicious and memorable meals for yourself and your loved ones.

Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen

Top 5 Afghan Cookbooks

If you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons and try out some authentic Afghan dishes, then Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen is definitely worth checking out.

Pros

  • The cookbook is filled with stunning photographs that will make your mouth water and inspire you to get cooking.
  • The recipes are easy to follow and use simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store.
  • The stories and anecdotes shared throughout the cookbook give you a glimpse into Afghan culture and make the cookbook more than just a collection of recipes.

Cons

  • The cookbook is a bit heavy on meat-based dishes, which may not be suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
  • Some of the recipes require specialty ingredients that may be difficult to find if you don’t have access to an international grocery store.
  • The font size and color used for the ingredient lists can be a bit difficult to read, especially for those with visual impairments.

Overall, we highly recommend Parwana for anyone looking to try out some delicious Afghan cuisine and learn more about the culture behind the food. The recipes are approachable and the stories shared throughout the cookbook make it a joy to read and cook from.

One of our favorite recipes from the cookbook is the Kabuli Pulao, a fragrant and flavorful rice dish that is sure to impress your dinner guests. The recipe calls for lamb, but you could easily substitute it with chicken or beef if you prefer. The recipe does require a bit of prep work, but the end result is well worth the effort.

If you’re a fan of desserts, then you’ll definitely want to try out the Sheer Birinj, a creamy and sweet rice pudding that is perfect for a cozy night in. The recipe is simple to follow and uses ingredients like milk, rice, and sugar that you probably already have in your pantry.

Afghan Food & Cookery: Noshe Djan

Afghan Food & Cookery: Noshe Djan

If you’re looking for an authentic Afghan cookbook, Afghan Food & Cookery: Noshe Djan is a great option. The book provides a comprehensive coverage of Afghan cuisine, including simple techniques and a short list of ingredients.

Pros

  • The book includes loads of cultural information and quaint drawings that add to the authenticity of the recipes.
  • The author devotes space to helping the reader with unfamiliar terms and ingredients, making it easy for beginners to follow the recipes.
  • The recipes are fantastic and do justice to the incredible cuisine of Afghanistan.

Cons

  • The book lacks colorful photographs, which would have added to the visual appeal of the recipes.
  • Some of the recipes call for an overuse of oil, which can be a turnoff for health-conscious readers.
  • Some readers found that the kebab recipes didn’t turn out as expected, so it may require some trial and error to get them right.

If you’re a fan of Afghan cuisine or looking to try something new, Afghan Food & Cookery: Noshe Djan is a great cookbook to add to your collection. The book provides a great introduction to Afghan cuisine, and the recipes are easy to follow and delicious.

The Best of Afghan Cooking

The Best of Afghan Cooking

If you’re looking to add some Afghan cuisine to your cooking repertoire, The Best of Afghan Cooking is a great place to start.

Pros

  • Authentic recipes that are easy to follow
  • Beautiful photography that showcases the dishes
  • Includes recipes for both traditional and modern Afghan dishes

Cons

  • Some ingredients may be difficult to find in local grocery stores
  • Not all recipes have photos
  • May require some practice to perfect the more complex dishes

One of the things we love about The Best of Afghan Cooking is how authentic the recipes are. The author, Zarghuna Kargar, grew up in Afghanistan and learned to cook from her mother and grandmother. This cookbook is a collection of recipes that have been passed down through her family for generations.

The photography in this cookbook is also beautiful. Each recipe has a photo that showcases the finished dish, making it easy to see what you’re working towards. The photos also give you an idea of how the dish should be presented, which is helpful when you’re trying to impress dinner guests.

We appreciate that this cookbook includes recipes for both traditional and modern Afghan dishes. You’ll find classics like qabili palau (Afghan rice pilaf) and mantu (dumplings), as well as more modern dishes like Afghan-style burgers and pizza.

One thing to keep in mind is that some of the ingredients may be difficult to find in your local grocery store. However, the author does include substitutions where possible. Additionally, not all of the recipes have photos, which can make it difficult to know what the finished dish should look like.

Overall, The Best of Afghan Cooking is a great choice for anyone looking to explore Afghan cuisine. While some of the dishes may require some practice to perfect, the authentic recipes and beautiful photography make this cookbook a must-have for any home cook.

Cook for Afghanistan Cookbook

Cook for Afghanistan Cookbook Cover

If you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons and try some authentic Afghan cuisine, the Cook for Afghanistan Cookbook is a great resource.

Pros

  • The cookbook contains a variety of traditional Afghan recipes that are easy to follow and replicate at home.
  • The photographs of the dishes are beautiful and make the recipes even more enticing.
  • The book is relatively short and concise, making it easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for.

Cons

  • The cookbook is relatively new and has a limited number of reviews, so it’s hard to gauge how well-received it is by the general public.
  • Some of the ingredients required for the recipes may be difficult to find in certain areas.
  • The book is only available in English, so it may not be accessible to non-English speakers.

Overall, we would recommend the Cook for Afghanistan Cookbook to anyone who is interested in trying out some new and delicious recipes. The book is approachable and easy to use, and the recipes are sure to impress anyone who tries them. Whether you’re an experienced cook or just starting out, this cookbook is a great addition to any kitchen.

Low-Fat Afghani Cooking

Cover of Low-Fat Afghani Cooking

We recommend this cookbook for those looking for low-fat versions of traditional Afghani dishes, but be aware that some recipes may not be authentic.

Pros

  • Recipes are low-fat and healthy
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Includes a variety of dishes

Cons

  • Not all recipes are authentic
  • No photos included
  • Some recipes are simplistic

If you’re looking for a cookbook with healthy versions of traditional Afghani dishes, then Low-Fat Afghani Cooking is a great option. The recipes are easy to follow and there is a good variety of dishes to choose from. However, be aware that some of the recipes may not be completely authentic and there are no photos included.

One thing we appreciated about this cookbook was the emphasis on healthy cooking. The low-fat versions of traditional dishes were still flavorful and satisfying. The instructions were easy to follow and we were able to recreate the dishes without any issues.

On the downside, some of the recipes seemed a bit simplistic and not as complex as we were hoping for. Additionally, there were no photos included which made it difficult to visualize the finished dishes. Overall, we recommend Low-Fat Afghani Cooking for those looking for healthy versions of traditional Afghani dishes, but be aware that some recipes may not be completely authentic.

Buying Guide

Choosing the best Afghan cookbook can be a daunting task, especially if you are new to Afghan cuisine. Here are some factors to consider when selecting an Afghan cookbook:

Cooking Level

Consider your cooking level when choosing an Afghan cookbook. Some cookbooks are designed for beginners, while others are for more experienced cooks. Look for a cookbook that matches your skill level.

Recipes

Look for a cookbook with a variety of recipes that cover different types of dishes, such as appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Make sure the recipes are easy to follow and include clear instructions.

Photos

Photos can be helpful when trying to recreate a dish. Look for a cookbook that includes photos of the dishes, as well as step-by-step photos of the cooking process. This will help you visualize what the dish should look like at each stage.

Ingredients

Check to see if the cookbook includes a list of common Afghan ingredients and where to find them. This will help you prepare for your shopping trip and ensure that you have all the necessary ingredients before you start cooking.

Cultural Context

Consider if you are interested in learning about Afghan culture and history in addition to cooking. Some cookbooks provide context and stories about the dishes and their origins, which can enhance the overall cooking experience.

Cooking LevelRecipesPhotosIngredientsCultural Context
BeginnerSimple and easy to followClear photos of dishes and cooking processList of common ingredients and where to find themMay not provide much cultural context
IntermediateMore complex recipesPhotos of dishes, but not necessarily step-by-stepList of less common ingredients and where to find themMay provide some cultural context
AdvancedComplex and challenging recipesNo photos or limited photosNo list of ingredientsMay provide extensive cultural context and history

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