First Azerbaijani Cooking Class Taught in Los Angeles

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First Azerbaijani Cooking Class Taught in Los Angeles

LOS ALAMITOS, CA, June 7, 2016 – For the first time in Los Angeles, on June 5, an Azerbaijani cooking class was taught in Santa Monica’s Stage + Table as initiated and organized by the founder of a world cuisine blog 196Flavors, Michael Benayoun. The class was co-hosted by Feride Buyuran, award-winning author of Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan.

The event, created in honor of the celebration of Republic Day of Azerbaijan on May 28th, was part of a new monthly series of interactive and social cooking workshops hosted by 196 flavors that features a different cuisine or theme every month.

In the highly interactive, hybrid demo, hands-on class, participants learned about the native foods of Azerbaijan and how to prepare traditional dishes, including vegetarian stuffed grape leaves (yalanchi dolma), layered rice pilaf with chicken, chestnuts, and dried fruit (dosheme plov), baklava (paxlava), and lemon drink (sharbat). The recipes were adapted from Pomegranates and Saffron and from Feride’s blog,

For more information about this event please contact Michael Benayoun (mike at or Feride Buyuran (feride at For all upcoming events visit and

About the Instructors:

Michael Benayoun is one of the creators of 196 flavors, a unique, bilingual (English and French) world cuisine food blog, which allows a greater number of foodies to discover unique, unusual and above all authentic recipes. An avid food enthusiast, Mike loves to explore ethnic cuisines and feature recipes based on a country, region or theme on his blog on a continuous basis.

Feride, who is originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, is the recipe developer, content creator, and food photographer behind AZ Cookbook, a bilingual (English and Azerbaijani) food blog. Feride is also the author of the award-winning cookbook Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan, the first Azerbaijani cookbook published in the U.S. Released in 2014, the book is the winner of four major awards, including Gourmand World Cookbook Award (Best Eastern European Cookbook in U.S.), Gourmand Best in the World Award (Jury’s Choice), Living Now Award (Silver Medal in the Ethnic Cookbooks category), and National Indie Excellence Award (Winner in the International Cookbooks category).