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Links to Reads: December 2015
Bakers in Yantai, China

Memories of Yantai, China, where I went for the Best in the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards and where my “Pomegranates & Saffron” won. What I loved most of all about the place is its people—always welcoming and happy. Like this couple, bread makers, I met in downtown Yantai. I didn’t speak Mandarin, they didn’t speak English—yet we connected. Sweetest people ever.

My very much belated December 2015 Links to Reads are here. Well, hello 2016! Happy New, friends of AZ Cookbook! Hope it will be great to everybody. Let’s start receiving positive, happy news from around the world. We all need them, don’t we?

This past year was a string of blacks and whites for me personally. Release of the Second Edition of my bookawards, losing a parent, some not-so-successful professional goals, and many other things, good and bad. Exactly what is called LIFE, which I love immensely, despite the sad notes it can sometimes present to us. I am grateful no matter what and very optimistic about the future. Looking forward to a wonderful year with all of you!

Talked a lot. Now,  the links. Here are some of my favorites from December. I always have a lot of fun finding these articles and reading them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

* What are the 2016 food trends we should know about?

Impressive meatpacking robots are a new thing in technology.

* If you are vegan, you can use familiar flavors to create vegan dishes.

* Here’s what the world eats during the holidays.

* For cancer patients, eating right is part of the therapy.


  • 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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