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AZ Cookbook Presents
Cooking Classes with Feride Buyuran
in Long Beach, CA

Join Feride in her kitchen for 100%-participatory, hands-on classes with cultural immersion, followed by always-popular after-class feast with samovar tea and socializing! A rare opportunity you don’t want to miss! These are not just cooking classes!

Cook, bake, make friends, and feast together!

Space is Limited. Add to Cart and Book Online Now!


Saturday, January 27, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (time includes class and feast)

Welcome to the Caucasus, where every meal is a feast! We’ll start with a piquant herbed bean salad, Georgian style. Then we’ll move onto making one of Azerbaijan’s most famous soups – kufte-bozbash, in which jumbo meatballs stuffed with dried tart plums pair with chickpeas in a delicious broth.  Next comes Georgia’s culinary pride – cheese breads, khachapuri! And for  dessert? My childhood favorite from Baku – ricotta pastries, shaped like bananas. Yum! Vegetarian dishes are  marked with V. Space is limited. REGISTER NOW!

Vegetarian dishes are marked with V

  • Georgian Red Bean Salad, Lobio (V)
  • Azerbaijani Jumbo Meatball Soup, Kufta-Bozbash
  • Georgian Cheese Bread, Khachapuri (V)
  • Banana-Shaped Ricotta Cookies (V)

$65.00Add to cart


Saturday, February 24, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (time includes class and feast)

Learn how to prepare dough for Caucasus-style dumplings and noodles from scratch. Then make dumplings stuffed with meat and farmer’s cheese, and bean and noodle soup. You will learn some amazing techniques in the class! Don’t miss out! Limited space. REGISTER NOW!

Vegetarian dishes are marked with V

  • Ground Meat–Stuffed Dumplings, Khengel
  • Farmer’s Cheese–Stuffed Dumplings, Girs (V)
  • Bean and Noodle Soup, Erishte Ashi

$65.00Add to cart

Azerbaijani Dumplings, Khengel | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran

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Feride's Cooking Classes

Feride Buyuran at Stage+Table.

Who teaches the classes?

Yours truly Feride Buyuran. I focus on Eastern European (e.g. Azerbaijani, Russian, Georgian), Turkish, and Middle Eastern flavors. I am the author of the four-times award-winning cookbook, Pomegranates & Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan. I look forward to cooking with you! Come with appetite!

Where will the classes take place?

At my house in Long Beach. Conveniently located near major freeways (605, 405), close to Cal State Long Beach. Address will be provided once you have registered.

What is included in the fee?

A 3-plus-hour hands-on and 100% participatory cooking class, a feast/tea/socialization party at the end, all ingredients  (high quality and organic when possible), and enlightening and casual experience in a home setting. Please arrive 10 minutes earlier to sign in and meet other participants.

Cooking Class with Feride | Cooking Classes Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County |

We baked 5 breads and cakes in one baking class! Photo by Yakir Levy.

What is the class format?

All students receive printed recipes of the dishes to be prepared in the class. I begin the class with a brief introduction about the menu and ingredients. Then we proceed to cooking each dish together. Unlike some other cooking classes, where participants are grouped into teams and each team works on a separate recipe, in my classes everybody works on the same recipe before we move on to the next. At the end of cooking, we all sit down and enjoy everything we’ve cooked, combined with a good doze of chatter and laughter.  The feast is always accompanied by a samovar tea party. More fun and more time together!

How big is each class?

For the best hands-on cooking experience, I like to keep my classes small, with a maximum of 10 people attending at a time. A minimum of 5 people is required to start a class. Perhaps you have a friend you would like to bring along? Tell him or her about the class.

How many dishes will be taught in each class?

Depending on the length of preparation and cooking and difficulty of a recipe, you will be taught from 2 to 5 recipes in any given class. However, say, you will learn how to make Azerbaijani baklava from scratch (12 layers of hand-made and  manually rolled out dough!)—this easily calls for a separate class!

Do I need to be an experienced cook to enroll?

No. My classes are designed for cooks of any levels, from novice to experienced.

What should I bring to class?

Nothing but your favorite apron (it is not mandatory). Wear comfortable cloths and tie your long hair. Classes are BYOB – you are welcome to bring your favorite drink to enjoy during the class. Also, if you prefer to take your food home, please bring your own container. You may also want to bring a pen along, to take notes on the recipes.

How far in advance do I need to reserve my spot in a class?

You can make a reservation at any time. However, because class size is limited, the earlier you register, the better.

What is the payment process?

You pay online with your credit card or PayPal to reserve your spot in a class. All classes are confirmed by email automatically upon completion of the registration. Please make sure to provide a correct e-mail address. Once you receive the confirmation, mark your calendar and you are all set!

What is your cancellation policy?

100% refund if given a 7-day or earlier notice prior to the class date and 50% refunded if given 72 hours notice or more. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made on the day of the class but we can reschedule your reservation for another class. Please Contact Me with your cancellation request. If you have an emergency situation beyond your control, let me know, we are all humans and I will understand. Please note that your reservation is transferable—if you cannot attend your class, you are welcome to send someone in your place without notice.

Do you offer quantity discount coupon?

Yes! But not on classes offered at discount already (such as special launch discount). If you register for 2 classes or more offered at a regular price, you receive a 10% discount. Please enter the discount coupon code at checkout: cookingclass10%

We are a large group. Can we have a private class?

Sure. I can accommodate your request if you have a group of a minimum of 5 people. Please Contact Me and mention the class you are interested in. If you prefer a different day and time than offered, please let me know and we’ll work something out.

Can I get a signed copy of your cookbook, “Pomegranates & Saffron,” at the class?

Absolutely! Plus, at a special 20% discount I offer for class participants only.





“I had an incredible time cooking with Feride. She is a great cook, teacher and a very sweet person. She did an amazing job keeping our class fun and educational. The cooking class was very well organized, everyone had their own station with professional knives and other utensils. There was a great balance of teaching, hands on experience and socializing with other cooking partners. We had so much fun cooking together and making beautiful food from scratch. Moreover, after we cooked everything we sat down and enjoyed our creations. I picked up copies of the recipes and can’t wait to have friends over and make everything at home. I would highly recommend classes with Feride to anyone who desires to learn more about cooking.”

                                                                                                                                          — Ramina Magid

What a fabulous time we had with Feride Buyuran from AZ Cookbook at her baking class! I can’t recommend this class enough. Everything was amazing.”

— Cathy Arkle

“Wow! What an amazing experience! Not only Feride is an incredible cook, but she is also a wonderful person. Her personality, skills, and creativity truly made our cooking class perfect. The class was extremely informative and, moreover, interactive. As you know, in some cooking classes participants don’t actually get their hands dirty and do the cooking. It’s just a demonstration in which chefs cook and we watch, taste, and smell. In Feride’s class, things were different – we learned about knife cuts, used other kitchen equipment and participated in the complete dinner preparation process. At the end, we were able to sit down to a dinner that the entire class made and enjoyed our efforts. The food was AMAZING!!! I will definitely take another class with Feride again.”

— Natalie Golovkova

“It was a wonderful experience.  I enjoyed it and am still talking about it. ”

                                                                                                                                                                  — Pam Gudish

“I thoroughly enjoyed Feride’s cooking class.  I attended a session with a vegetarian menu and it was nice to add new vegetarian-friendly recipes to my repertoire.  I tried one of them at home a week later to excellent reviews from my husband.  In addition to learning new recipes and cooking skills, it was a great evening out.  I already knew a couple of the attendees, but the rest were new to me.  We all worked together on the menu and got to know a little about each other as we prepared the food.  Sitting down to our delicious feast together at the end of class was a joy.  Feride is an excellent instructor and could answer any question we came up with.  She is not only knowledgeable, but gracious and fun.  I highly recommend her classes.”

                                                                                                                                                                  — Marilee Bryant

“Great cooking class with Chef Feride! What an amazing cooking and tasting experience my friends and I had last week! Not only you learn how to make food, but also you are there to socialize, network and team build with your friends and peers. And most of all, the food was delicious ! I really enjoyed how Feride’s Eastern European/Middle Eastern roots showed themselves in some of her choices. It gives you a real authentic experience that you won’t get often. We loved our experience, it was a fun group activity!  Feride was very friendly, professional and knowledgeable about all things food and beyond. I will definitely recommend Feride’s cooking classes to all my friends and family.”

— Nika Vekilova

“I’ve taken classes all around the world and Feride Buyuran’s classes are some of the best ever…deep into the world of Azerbaijan/Turkey and beyond. You will never be cheated on technique, cultural facts, and an absolute integral dance of that culture. Food is her passion, her way of relating to the world and the soul of it is more than inspirational. It is LOVE in the finest and passionate experience of the soul. She is an inspiration even to me who has been teaching cooking for over 14 years–and yet she keeps me on my toes, loving, wondering and exploring that which feeds our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls, is there and only there ….nothing else in the universe that can do that as does the foods/experience of culture and the love of it does.”

— Annette Gallardo

If you have any questions, please click Contact Me to email Feride Buyuran. Or, call 562 774 3144.