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Links to Reads, July 2016

Links to Reads, July 2016
Azerbaijani Firni in Lahij

In July of last year, we made a 1-day trip to the remote, mountainous village of Lahij in Azerbaijan. There, my friend Billura’s  mom Dostukhanim made this absolutely mind-blowing firni, Azerbaijani rice pudding. She decorated each serving with cinnamon patterns, turning each plate into a piece of art. I had to take a picture. The recipe for firni is available in my cookbook, “Pomegranates & Saffron.”

Welcome, August! And good-bye, July! Time for a new round of cool links from various sources, so hi there, July Links to Reads! Top 10 links I enjoyed reading.

* In Mexico City, trash is recycled both to curb the local waste disposal problem and help the poor get food in return.

* Unlike Japanese sashimi, Korean sashimi prizes live fish “swimming in restaurant tanks often just moments before it arrives at your table.” Where does that fish come from and how does it end on the plates of LA’s Korean sashimi lovers? Let’s find out.

* According to a study mentioned in National Geographic, “84 percent of Americans throw away food based on the date stamped on packages.” Why? And what does “sell by” label really mean?

*  The Republic of Georgia is famous for its wines. Learn about the country’s centuries-old winemaking tradition and the diversity of wines across the country.
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  • How to Dry Mint Leaves
    How to Dry Mint Leaves
    July 27, 2016 by
    When life gives you mint, dry it. And store it. Because you can use dried mint in so many ways in the kitchen and stocking up on it to last through a long time is always a good idea. Dried mint is one of my most important pantry staples and I often use it in Azerbaijani and Turkish dishes. The...
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  • Azerbaijani-Style Eggs with Tomatoes
    Azerbaijani-Style Eggs with Tomatoes
    July 23, 2016 by
    In Turkey, it is menemen, in many parts of the Middle East, it is shakshuka (claimed to be a North African import), and in Azerbaijan, it is pomidor chighirtmasi, also known as pomidor-yumurta (literally, “tomato-egg”). What do these dishes have in common? In them, tomatoes and eggs prove to be a match made in heaven, or rather a skillet. Although...
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  • Blueberry Bundt Cake
    Blueberry Bundt Cake
    July 13, 2016 by
    A few days ago, I ventured into making my very first blueberry Bundt cake to take to a picnic with friends. I thought it would be a perfect accompaniment to black tea we all took there in our thermoses to enjoy in the open air. (If you ask why black tea and why any tea at all, it’s because no...
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  • de Buyuran with Evan Kleiman
    My Interview on KCRW Good Food Show
    July 12, 2016 by
    Recently, I had one of the best experiences of my cookbook publishing adventure – I got interviewed by Evan Kleiman, the host of  KCRW Good Food Show. KCRW is Southern California’s leading National Public Radio affiliate and its content is distributed nationally to 550,000 listeners weekly. I’ve been one of them for the longest time but never before in my...
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  • Berries and Bananas
    Links to Reads, June 2016
    July 1, 2016 by
    Time to say good bye to the first month of the summer. It flew by, just like all the previous months. Well, hello July and hello June Links to Reads. This is what I enjoyed reading this past month. Hope you do, too. Top 10: * Ever wonder what “triple washed” on the labels on supermarket salad greens mean? Why...
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