I just got home from taking a Persian Cooking Class led by Jennifer Abadi , the author of Fistful of Lentils(www.fistfuloflentils.com) a book with recipes of Syrian-Jewish food. The class was great, complete with fabulous people and AMAZING food. Some of the things that we made were spiced pomegranate sangria, Chelo ( Persian rice w/ carrots, saffron, and almonds) and the Queen of Sheba Chocolate Cake. Everything was delicious. Nothing like cooking, chatting, and drinking on a Sunday afternoon. The class was mostly women, with two husbands who attended. Always hot to have a partner who will cook with you! Definitely check out Jennifer's work, she mostly focuses on Middle Eastern cuisine.