Vegetarianism through Shahnameh


I born and grew up in Tehran /Iran, and I moved to the USA when I was 28 years old in 2011.

Moving to the USA, California, I been exposed to many different cultures enjoyed different foods with each different culture in this melting pot that joins together cuisines, languages, and traditions from every corner of the earth.

But also I was shocked by seeing statistics of obesity in the United States, .and it makes me mindful of food and politics behind the food too. Yes, I was shocked by a large number of Fast food restaurants, especially in a poor neighborhood. It is always available and accessible to consume by people, especially poor people. It is cheap, tasty, and fast! It is a drive-thru.

On the other hand, in Iran, making a meal for the family is teamwork, and it was a slow process.

Usually, younger men in the family were in charge of buying the ingredients and bread. And younger ladies are preparing the elements, and at the end, mother or grandmother with their magical touch, including their ancestral recipe, cook the food.

From the beginning of civilization to present-day Iran, so many groups, tribes, and individuals have Attacked or traveled to Iran, proving the region to new folkways, theories, concepts, and foods, as well as bringing Iranian myths and feeds back to their own home countries.

The ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans, India, and Turks are just some of the groups that have inspired by Iranians.Silk road was another way for this cultural conversion between these regions.

The main staples of Iranian food are usually is eating with every meal include

rice, various herbs, cheese, a variety of flatbread, and some meat (usually

poultry, beef, lamb, or fish). Stew over rice is by far the most popular dish,

and the constitution of these vary by region. Persian food culture has a long history from the sixth century B.C.