- Helen J Saberi
- biography & publications
Helen J Saberi worked with
Alan Davidson on the Oxford Companion
to Food from the early 1990s up to 1999, the year of publication.
Her outstanding contribution is acknowledged, along with the help of many
other people, in the introduction to the book.
Helen is from Yorkshire, but
joined the British Foreign Office and went abroad, to Poland and Afghanistan,
under its auspices. While working in the British Embassy, Kabul, she
met the Afghan who became her husband and with whom she returned to England
when the war in Afghanistan made it impossible to stay there. The knowledge
she acquired of Afghan food and cookery, and her desire to help the people
of Afghanistan to preserve their culinary heritage, led her to write a major
book on the subject: Noshe Djan - Afghan Food and Cookery. Alan
and Jane Davidson were editors and publishers of this work, which will at
the beginning of the new millenium come out in an expanded second edition
(from Prospect Books in the UK, and from Hippocrene Books in the USA).
The book was illustrated by the Afghan artist Abdullah
Breshna, one of whose drawings is incorporated in the cover of the book.
- Noshe Djan
- by Helen Saberi
- ISBN 0 907325 32 7
In addition to this major work, Helen is the author of numerous
important articles and essays, prepared for delivery at the Oxford
Symposium on Food or publication in Petits
Propos Culinaires. These include the following:
Papers published in the Oxford
Symposium on Food and Cookery documents:
Eating in Afghanistan 1991, 258
the Flavouring of Venus, Goddess of Love and Asafoetida, Devil's Dung
Kebab and Pink Tea 1993, 187
Articles and published in Petits Propos Culinaires:
Rhubarb Question (NQ) 39,67|
of Lamb and Thou
Rice (NQ) 50,63|
Spicy Mystery, Part Two 48,10|
Turk's Head (NQ) 54,64|
are the Pouting Nibblers of Yesteryear? Or, What Happened to Boudoir Biscuits?
and Fancies of a Trifle-Lover, or, 'An Idle Tale, A Thing of No Importance'
Saberi, Helen (with Anissa Helou and Esteban
Spicy Mystery, or
with soap on our hands and foam at our
Helen Saberi can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org