Dr. Nader Mehravari has been studying the principles and practices of Persian cookery for the past 30 years – initially as a serious side activity and now, post retirement, fulltime. His current interests have led him to dig deeper into historical documents about Persian cookery, recreating traditional and authentic Persian dishes in a typical modern western home kitchen, and carefully documenting associated methods behind food groups and/or individual dishes. His academic and professional background is in science, engineering, and technology which allows him to incorporate a structured and scientific approach into his culinary passion. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 1982. He is a retired corporate executive, has taught at Cornell, Syracuse, and Princeton Universities, and has published extensively.