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Links to Reads: January 2016

Links to Reads: January 2016
Stuffed Flatbreads - Gutab | AZ Cookbook

Winter is the best time to make and savor these delicious flatbreads—stuffed with fresh greens, or ground meat and pomegranates, or pumpkin. Oh my! Recipes for all three variations are available in my cookbook, “Pomegranates & Saffron.”

Hello, first Links to Reads of the year. Here’s what I read this past month and I bookmarked to share with you. Enjoy!

* We all know China is a tea-rich country. But did you also know that the world’s oldest tea (plus the finest tea!) was discovered in an ancient Chinese Emperor’s Tomb?

* Pampered vegetables? Yes, such exist in America. They are suited for fine dining. Chefs around the country seek them eagerly  because to them, the presentation of their food is as important as their taste.

* Are you hard on yourself? An Important Meditation For Anyone Who’s Too Hard On Themselves. An important meditation of self-compassion comes to the rescue! A good read on what to do to be nicer to yourself. I personally need this sometimes myself. Click on the video that comes with the article. It’s quite entertaining.

* Melissa Clark’s interview with Kat Kinsman on trust and ethics in food blogging. Also on people’s craze about Pinterest, on favorite food bloggers, and more.

* National Geographic’s stunning collection of photos of the people around the world—from Mozambique to Kyrgyzstan—and the food they eat.


  • 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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