Naz Deravian

Nice By Nature

Naz Deravian is a James Beard Award-nominated author of Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories. She is the recipient of The IACP Julia Child First Book Award, presented by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. Bottom of the Pot was the 2018 Food52 Piglet Award winner, and also a Taste Canada Gold Award winner for best regional cookbook. She was born in Iran, grew up on the North Shore and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

1. Kourosh Bakery Lynn Valley

The scents of rose water and cardamom perfume the air at this wonderful Iranian bakery. With one of the largest selections of Persian baked goods in the city, their selection will mesmerize you. Perfect for an afternoon tea, a holiday gift or sweets for a dessert table.


2. Amir Bakery

Amir Bakery Bread

The Iranian bread at Amir Bakery at 1929 Lonsdale Ave is always fresh and a comforting reminder of home. Try the barbari, lavash and taftoon breads.


3. Yaas Grill House

Whenever I’m craving Persian food on-the-go I put in an order at Yaas. They have a large selection of stews, kababs and sides for a quick, tasty and fulfilling meal.


4. Ayoub’s Dried Fruits and Nuts North Vancouver

Walking into Ayoub’s is like stepping into a treasure cave. The shop itself is beautiful and the selection of traditional dried fruits and roasted nuts make it exceptional. Try a little of everything!


5. Mitra’s Market West Vancouver

Mitras Market

Stock up on all your essential Persian pantry items at this beloved local grocery store.


6. Khaghan Restaurant North Vancouver

For a taste of all the well-loved traditional dishes from kababs to the fragrant stews, and your very own individual tahdig (crispy rice at the bottom of the pot) with rice.

Find out more about Naz Deravian and check out her cookbook “Bottom of the Pot” at bottomofthepot.com


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