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Book Launch: Salamati

Books for Cooks

Event Date: 25 October 2022
Author / Presenters: Hamed Allahyari & Dani Valent in conversation with Books for Cooks

'By eating my food, you come into my family. You are sitting with me, with my grandparents, parents and cousins, talking, sharing and enjoying the feeling of being together.'

Quite simply, Hamed Allahyari cooks to connect with people - for that wonderful moment when one can say 'salamati '( 'cheers') around the table.

Born in Iran, Hamed arrived from Tehran as a refugee in 2012 having travelled to Indonesia, then by rickety fishing boat towards Australia where he was detained on Christmas Island.

His Melbourne restaurant SalamaTea, in Sunshine, is a hard-won sanctuary, a business that fuels his immigrant dream as well as a place for sharing a joyous pride in Persian cooking.

Hamed has also brought his flair and talent to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the social enterprise Free to Feed cooking school. Much loved in Melbourne food circles for his advocacy for other refugees, Hamed also unstintingly supported food service operators during the pandemic.

With every swipe of warm pita through herbed dadami dip, every bite of braised lamb with dried lime and saffron rice, every sip of homemade sour cherry tea, Hamed shares his past in his native Tehran whilst building an optimistic Australian future based firmly in hospitality and delicious food.

''This book is a feast for the heart, soul and spirit. A book to cherish with recipes made with love and humanity.' Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

This will be a richly rewarding discussion.

Please join us on Tuesday 25th October for a wonderful discussion with Hamed and Dani accompanied by tastes from the book and matching drinks.

Tickets are limited.

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