Veggiestan, ‘the land of vegetables’ refers to the Middle Eastern region that merits such a name; a region that is bubbling, simmering and bursting with vegetarian traditions and recipes – much like this book.
Sally Butcher runs the acclaimed Persian food store and restaurant Persepolis in Peckham, London. Her first book, Persia in Peckham, was published to critical acclaim and shortlisted for the 2008 Andrew Simon Award. It was selected by the Sunday Times as their cookery book of the year. Since then Sally has gone on to write Veggiestan, Snackistan, Salmagundi and Persepolis.
Perhaps best known for Veggiestan, one of the first books to delve into cooking vegetarian Middle Eastern food, a topic that has only grown in popularity since 2011, much of it down to the visibility Ottolenghi has given the subject in recent years.
This ten-year anniversary edition will sit alongside other classics of Vegetarian food writing such as Plenty, Zaika, The Vegetarian Option and Persiana.
Sally Butcher is the fiery-haired proprietress of the notable Persian food store Persepolis in Peckham, London, which she runs with her Persian husband, Jamshid. She is a bestselling author and avid blogger, who has amassed a devoted online following for her food-, shop- and Peckham-related musings. The foodie delights of the Middle East are her specialist subject, but she has been known to venture far and wide for inspiration. Her first book, Persia in Peckham, was published to critical acclaim and short-listed for the 2008 André Simon Award. It was also selected by the Sunday Times as their cookery book of the year. Her following tomes, Persepolis, Veggiestan and Snackistan, published by Pavilion, have also received critical acclaim.