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Links to Reads: February 2016
Dried Herbs Market in Lahij, Azerbaijan

A glimpse at a local market in the remote village of Lahij, Azerbaijan. I spotted at least 30 varieties of dried herbs and flowers, used in the kitchen or as traditional remedies.

Are you ready for the new round of Links to Reads.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the top 10 from February.

* Turns out that it is possible to ditch white bread in favor of other substitutes, such as whole wheat bread, rye bread, and others. For health reasons? No. For patriotic ones. This was done before. Find out.

* For strong bones and healthy teeth we all need calcium. If you are vegan or have a lactose intolerance, it could be quite a challenge to find calcium-rich foods that are also dairy-free. No more. Here are 5 such foods.

*  LA Times veteran Russ Parsons interviews chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his experience with translating restaurant recipes for the home cook.

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    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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  • My Cookbook Event at Melissa's Produce
    My Cookbook Event at Melissa’s Produce
    June 27, 2016 by
    A lot of good things have been happening to me and my book lately and I am super excited about them all. First, last Tuesday I got interviewed by Evan Kleiman for Good Food  she hosts on KCRW (air time to be announced later), which is a bit surreal. I’ve been a fan for the longest time and one day...
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  • First Azerbaijani Cooking Class in Los Angeles + News
    First Azerbaijani Cooking Class in Los Angeles + News
    June 16, 2016 by
    A bit of a belated post, but wanted to share about an exciting event that took place earlier this month. On June 5, I co-hosted the very first Azerbaijani cooking class in Los Angeles with my friend Mike Benayoun of 196 flavors. The class was taught in Santa Monica’s very cool place – Stage+Table. Mike created the event in honor...
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