So sad - from msnbc.com on Feb 6th:
TEHRAN, Iran — A state-owned news website says Iran's broadcasting authority has banned Iranian TV channels from showing cooking programs that present recipes for foreign cuisine.
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Jamejamonline reported late Saturday that the deputy head of Iran's state broadcasting company, Ali Darabi, announced the ban during a visit to one of the country's 30 state-run TV channels.
Some cooking programs on Iranian stations present recipes for foreign cuisine, such as Italian and French.
The ban is seen as part of a nationalistic campaign increasingly pushed by Iran's government in recent years.
Pizza, pasta and Western fast foods like hamburgers and hot-dogs are popular in Iran, and Tehran boasts many restaurants that serve Western or Asian food.