We have created a vegan Persian cookbook to affirm and support vegans around the world, of all generations, countries, and ability. We seek support to expand our recipes and employ early career graphic designers, cooks, writers, translators, and photographers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan (countries that span former Persia).
Partaking in food with others is an intimate and fundamental way that humans interact with one another. Food is about more than what is put in our mouths– it has emotional and relational components. If you think back to your childhood or fond memories, it is likely many of them involve food or sharing food with others. For vegans and individuals of certain religions, food also has an ethical component.
People who find themselves unable to participate in heritage meals or meal preparation because of their commitment to not consume animals can find themselves disconnected from family or friends, which becomes a tragic reality for vegans when cultural-traditional dishes heavily feature meat, diary, or other animal products.
We have known many first and second generation individuals who are unable to participate in meaningful family dinners because they are vegan, and have heard many stories of how this separation distances them from their family and culture. With your support, we can re-create Persian dishes with the goal of helping vegans across their Persian heritages– Afghani, Iranian, Pakistani, Tajiki, and Uzbek—continue to enjoy, participate, and partake in their culinary traditions.