My Cookbook is Ready to Pre-Order!

Pomegranates And Saffron Book CoverYes, yes, and yes! Finally!  My book – Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan – is NOW ready to PRE-ORDER!

I am a bit too excited to put my thoughts into words. But I’ll try.

This  book is a result of over 6 years of work. Perhaps the most difficult job I’ve undertaken so far (besides raising two kids)! But what a rewarding experience it has been!

This journey has involved a lot, including (but not limited to) collecting recipes, testing and retesting them, photographing, doing the dishes, knocking on publishers’ doors and getting rejected, promising that I would not give up and will self-publish, having to coordinate the entire publishing process myself–editing, proofreading, design, photographing, printing–and juggling many other things in-between!

And all this  would not have been possible without the support of many wonderful people who shared their recipes,  stories, and expertise with me, who gave advice, or who simply cheered for me along the way. (You will read about them all in the Acknowledgements in the book.)

Most importantly, without  the readers of AZ Cookbook, this book wouldn’t have been here. I thank you for your support, guys! It all matters. It means a lot to me.

I can’t wait for you to start cooking from the recipes in the book and share your photos and experiences with all  the AZ Cookbook fans!

To read about Pomegranates and Saffron and to pre-order your own copy please click HERE.

Hey! This photo below can talk! Here’s what it says: I am Baku-style pakhlava (baklava). I am luscious. I am delicious. But I am not easy to bake without a good recipe. But wait! You can bake me as I am included in Feride’s cookbook. Feride says I am her favorite recipe in the book. I don’t blame her. I am great. Hope you enjoy me after you bake me.

Baku-Style Baklava


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  2. This is such wonderful news Feride. I know how long the journey has been and I know that though it seemed impossible at times, you continued to persevere. So proud and so very happy for you my dear friend. Many congratulations. You opened up a whole new world of food for many of us. Thank you.

  3. Congratulations, Faride!
    I remember you at the very beginning of this journey! Many Victories ahead!

  4. Congratulations Feride!

  5. Congratulations Feride!!!
    I teared up a little at your story. For sure it wasn’t easy, but you did it!!!…Love your receipes..

  6. Congrats Farida.i know that your book will be very useful for us.thanks a lot in advance.just want to ask will u translate book into our national language?

    • Thank you, Turkan! The book will be in the English only for the time being. Maybe Azerbaijani in the future, but not very soon.

  7. So excited to get my hands on it! Congratulations! Just preordered 5 copies:) when is it coming out?

    • Thank you so much, Leyla! Order received:) The book will be released for shipping on October 30. Almost there!

  8. Just about the best part of our trip to Russia last year was the Azerbaijani restaurants we visited!

    Is there any way this book can be shipped to South Africa? And who would I contact in that regard?

    Best of luck with your book
    Helga Schneider

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