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Pomegranates and Saffron


Living Now Award




I arrived in Los Angeles from Baku on August 31. On September 1, still jet-lagged and already homesick, I was feeling down. I checked my email box. And ta da! A surprise! An email notifying me that my book “Pomegranates & Saffron” became the Silver Medalist of Living Now Book Awards! Totally made my day and cheered me up! We won in the ethnic/holiday/specialty category.

Here’s a an excerpt from the press release sent out by the awards committee, to help you better understand what this award is all about:

The Living Now Awards recognize the excellence of newly published books in a wide range of lifestyle categories, from cooking to spirituality. In all, 113 gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in 35 categories, chosen from 530 total entries. “These award-winning books inspire people to be more tolerant and forgiving,” said Awards Director Jim Barnes. ” In a world filled with racial injustice and religious intolerance, millions of people are living in fear and lacking the basics of a safe, happy life. Good books are a weapon against ignorance.”

I feel honored to see my cookbook included in the list of books that have a positive impact on people’s lives. So happy and excited!

This comes after we recently won the Best in the World Gourmand Cookbook Award. I couldn’t have asked for more recognition of my work. Amazing feeling!

Thank you once again for rooting for me and for your friendship!


Living Now Silver Medalist

And by the way, we are still accepting pre-orders for the Second Edition of “Pomegranates & Saffron.” The book is almost here in Los Angeles and hope to start sending out the orders soon. You can  pre-order your copy for the special price (soon to be back to regular price) here:


If you are in Baku, Azerbaijan, the book is available in all Ali and Nino bookstores and in the Kitab Evi bookstore on Fountain Square.

And here’s the book’s own website for additional info:


Thank you!

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