Azerbaijani Cookbook Presented at Melissa’s Produce

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Azerbaijani Cookbook Presented at Melissa’s Produce

LOS ALAMITOS, CA, June 23, 2016 – On June 22, an exclusive book presentation and signing event for Pomegranates and Saffron cookbook, took place in the test kitchen of Melissa’s Produce in Vernon, CA.

Melissa’s Produce is the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States. About 30 people—food writers, bloggers, and journalists—were invited to the event. Guests were served traditional Azerbaijani dishes prepared by Melissa’s chefs from the recipes in Pomegranates and Saffron. The author, Feride Buyuran, gave a presentation about the book and Azerbaijani cuisine, followed by a question and answer session, as well as signed books.

Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan (AZ Cookbook, September 30, 2015, ISBN: 978-0-9961731-2-4, $42) is the first comprehensive English language cookbook on Azerbaijani cuisine published in the U.S. In the 336-page cookbook, 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. Pomegranates and Saffron is the winner of 4 awards, including Gourmand World Cookbook Award (Best Eastern European Cookbook in U.S.), Gourmand Best in the World Award (Jury’s Choice), and Living Now Award (Silver Medal in Ethnic Cookbooks category), and National Indie Excellence Award (Winner in International Cookbooks category).

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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.

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


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