Ali Darabi, the deputy head of Iran’s state-run television, has banned cooking programs from being aired on state TV that feature recipes for foreign cuisine. “From now on teaching how to cook non-Iranian dishes is banned,” Darabi was quoted as saying by Aftabnews, a state-owned news website.
Ali Darabi announced the ban during a visit to one of the country’s 30 state-run TV channels. Although private broadcasters and satellite television are banned in Iran, Iranians have access to scores of Persian-language channels via satellite television.
Some cooking programs on Iranian stations present recipes for foreign cuisine, such as Italian and French, and the Washington post claims pizza, pasta and Western fast food favorites like hamburgers and hot-dogs are popular in Iran; apparently Tehran, the capital and largest city of Iran, boasts many restaurants that serve Western or Asian food.
Frankly, Iranians are far better off feasting on Iranian classic dishes like Dolme-yeh Barg-e Mo (stuffed vine leaves), Khoresht-e Gheimeh (split pea and lamb stew) and Sheer Berenj (rice pudding) — as noted by The Register — than Pizza, or a Big Mac and fries.