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Shaghayegh Farsijani

A Teen Girl’s Journey: Learning to Love Iran Through its Food

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What happens when a teenaged American girl is uprooted from her Brooklyn home and moved to Iran right after the fall of the Shah? I shish you not, when I first stepped foot in Iran my jaw dropped to the sandy floor because of the Third World foods being prepared for sale in restaurants and kiosks. In my mind, the odors of intestines, brains and tongues of sheep could possibly cause nerve damage. I could hear people smelling this repugnant odor and saying “Piffff peefff!” (which is also similar to the name of a pest control killer in Iran). The odors are a perfect match! I would put it down in the “disgusting national dish” category. After tasting pig feet…

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