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Links to Reads, August 2016

Links to Reads, August 2016
Fresh Walnuts

Fresh walnuts I spotted in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar in August, 2014.

Hello, friends! Time for August  Links to Reads!  That picture above was taken in August too, but two years ago, when I was in Istanbul to print the First Edition of my Pomegranates & Saffron cookbook. One day, I had some time to take a stroll in the bustling aisles of the city’s magnificent Grand Bazaar, where walnuts, some still in their green shells, were spotted among other edible delights. Ah those lovely memories of feeling excitement for both the book and for being in one of my favorite cities in the world. Priceless.

OK, back to the links. Here’s my top 10 August. Enjoy!

* Syrian refugees in Canada have launched their own catering company, serving their delicious ethnic fare to the locals.

* Volunteers turn unwanted and otherwise to-be-wasted market produce into meals to feed thousands of people. A noble act indeed.

Yemenite hot herb sauce, zhug, sounds like a must try. Put those mortar and pestles to work.

*  “Ugly” produce – those bruised fruits and vegetables – have all the right to be put to good use instead of being wasted.
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