Alina Gregorian is a poet and artist. She is the author of Flags for Adjectives (Diez) and Navigational Clouds (Monk Books). Her first gallery exhibition was Talk to Me in Parsley and Tambourines: Artists of the Armenian Diaspora at Babycastles. Some poems can be found in Boston Review, Prelude, BOMB Magazine, among others. Alina lives in Brooklyn, NY and can be found here: alinagregorian.com.
What will you be presenting on? I'll be presenting non-fiction essays on my Iranian Armenian family and the foods they make. I'll also be reading from a series of poems in which I use Persian words I always thought were Armenian (my first language).
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: My mom doesn't follow recipes and she doesn't measure or set timers when she cooks. She is the best cook I know!
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: My mom's Persian macaroni with tadig and feta cheese
Favorite food: Elaborate Middle Eastern dishes + simple foods, like buttered rolls with coffee
Recommended reading: Taste of Persia : A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan; Dining in Diaspora
Best meals: Gormeh sabzi, gheymeh polo, fesenjan, Persian macaroni, salad Shirazi, basmati rice with tadig /// bagels, cheeseburger and fries, buttered rolls with coffee, hearty smoothies on summer days
Food you’d like to try: Home-cooked meals by family and friends.