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Hello, friends of AZ Cookbook!

I hope your spring is off to a good start. To me, spring is always about a change long overdue, the prospect of a new start that always fuels me up to take on exciting projects, dreams that cannot wait to come true, and about positivity and good vibes that I am always on the lookout for. In short, viva spring! I am all for it.

My spring let-the-change-begin mood has affected my blog as well. I’ve been working on some good things for my blog and soon you will hear more from me.

Let’s start with the first news. Here it comes! I am super excited to announce the launch of the:

All-New AZ Cookbook Shop

Welcome to my virtual store, friends! It’s officially live! Let’s get started with your shopping spree here:) Treat yourself to great kitchen utensils, ingredients, books, and more. I only recommend the items I use or like.  So, shop with confidence!

Why Shop on AZ Cookbook

First, because we all need utensils for our kitchen, gifts for ourselves and friends, books for our shelves, and ingredients for our pantries, so why not buy what has been hand-picked for us and passed the test? Second, when you shop on AZ Cookbook, you support me, so I can keep blogging and providing you with awesome content for free! So, it’s a win-win all the way, isn’t it?
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  • Azerbaijani Dinner
    Exclusive Azerbaijani Dining Experience in Our House & You Are Invited!
    October 13, 2016 by
    About a month ago, I hosted an exclusive Azerbaijani dinner in our house for the members of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, following my lecture at the Los Angeles Central Library. My goal was to offer the guests not only a unique dining experience, but also allow them to immerse in the Azerbaijani culture even if it was for...
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  • Colorful Cauliflower
    Links to Reads, September 2016
    September 28, 2016 by
    September is drawing to an end and this month’s Links to Reads are here! Oh what a month it has been so far!  Tons of scheduling, focusing, and delivering. I had a lecture at the Los Angeles Public library, hosted Culinary Historians for the exclusive all-Azerbaijani dinner in our house and have been doing cooking classes at home (yay, they...
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  • Fresh Walnuts. Istanbul, Turkey.
    Links to Reads, August 2016
    August 29, 2016 by
    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...
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  • Azerbaijani Firni in Lahij
    Links to Reads, July 2016
    August 2, 2016 by
    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...
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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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