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The Blog: As an editor for America’s Test Kitchen, Sacha Madadian uses her blog, 729 Layers, to explore everything from pastry-making to Persian flavors.
I’d love to know more about your family background and how that influences your cooking.
My dad is from Iran and my mom is of French Canadian descent and was born and raised in central Massachusetts—an interesting combination for the taste buds. My parents cooked fresh meals every night but didn’t particularly enjoy doing so. Thankfully, they are big eaters who appreciate good food and, when we could, we loved eating out. Persian restaurants are hard to find around here, but we devoured food from other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines—lots of Greek, Turkish and Lebanese in particular. I really gravitate toward those flavors now. Iranian cuisine itself is amazingly rich and surprisingly different from that of other countries in the region. Middle Eastern flavors make their way into something I eat every day. They certainly don’t dominate on my blog, but they have a presence. My Lamb Meatballs with Rhubarb Chutney are inspired by a Persian khoresh (stew). It’s also fun to incorporate these ingredients into desserts. I’m wild about the tahini ice cream. Stone fruits love saffron. Cardamom is all over the place.