First Cookbook on Azerbaijani Cuisine in U.S. Explores the Country’s Culinary Scene

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PO Box 2515
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 774-3144

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First Cookbook on Azerbaijani Cuisine in U.S. Explores the Country’s Culinary Scene

LOS ANGELES­, CA, June 3, 2014—The first comprehensive English language cookbook on Azerbaijani cuisine language became available to pre-order on May 29, 2014.

In the 336-page Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan readers can explore 200 tempting recipes for appetizers and salads, soups and stews, pasta, meat, vegetable and egg dishes, breads, saffron rice pilafs, aromatic drinks, and desserts, all adapted for preparation in a Western kitchen. The book is comprised primarily of never-before-published recipes, along with some favorites from the author’s blog, Interspersed throughout the text are fascinating glimpses of local culture and traditional food-related proverbs that will make the reader’s adventure even more memorable.

Advance praise for Pomegranates and Saffron:

“A delightful feast for both eyes and palate. The author invites you to her table and then whisks you away on a magical carpet to the land she loves—Azerbaijan!”—Betty Blair, editor of Azerbaijan International Magazine

“While Azerbaijan’s culture and cuisine are not yet well known to many of us, Feride Buyuran’s book Pomegranates and Saffron is about to change this omission. This amazing, extensive, and comprehensive compilation on this ancient culture and cuisine is a must for anyone interested in expanding their culinary repertoire.”—Sheilah Kaufman, Award-Winning Author (with Nur Ilkin) of The Turkish Cookbook.
This publication was made possible with the support from SOCAR and Practical Solutions Group. To preorder, visit

About the Author
Feride Buyuran is the creator of, a popular food blog that features recipes and stories from Azerbaijan and beyond. Her passion for cooking and fond childhood memories led her to produce this book – her first – about the cuisine of her homeland. The book is a result of more than 6 years of exploring the food culture of Azerbaijan, collecting and testing recipes from various regions of the country, as well as photographing the dishes. Feride has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Philology from the State University of Languages in Azerbaijan. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University. Feride lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband and their two children.

To arrange an interview or media appearance with the author, or to request a review copy, contact Kathy Sparks –, (562) 774-3144.