Today I was presented with a wonderful gift - a handsome, hard-bound copy of my first cookbook, "Great Vegetarian Dishes of the World" in the Persian language, known as Farsi.
Farsi is the most widely spoken member of the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian languages, a subfamily of the Indo-European languages. It is the language of Iran (formerly Persia) and is also widely spoken in Afghanistan and, in an archaic form, in Tajikistan and the Pamir Mountain region.
Whereas Persian is spoken today primarily in Iran and Afghanistan, it was historically a more widely understood language in an area ranging from the Middle East to India.
There are significant populations of speakers in other Persian Gulf countries (Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates), as well as large communities in the USA.
Today there are over 40 million Farsi speakers (about 50% of the population) in Iran; over 7 million Dari Persian speakers in Afghanistan (25% of the population); and about 2 million Dari Persian speakers in Pakistan.
Great Vegetarian Dishes has been reprinted multiple times in Farsi, and at present close to 20,000 copies have been distributed in Iran.
Posted by Kurma on 2/1/08; 5:01:52 PM
from the dept.