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Links to Reads, July 2017
White Cucumber Pickles | AZCookbook.com

Summer is the canning and preserving season in Azerbaijan. I spotted these jars with pickled cucumbers at Baku’s Taza Bazar farmer’s market back in the summer of 2013. These particular cucumber variety is called “agh khiyar,” or white cucumber. Known for its meaty flesh and distinctly fresh flavor, it is the preferred choice for pickling. 

Welcome, July! Happy Birthday, America! And hello, new Links to Reads. Enjoy the top 10, handpicked specially for you!

* So Amazon bought Whole Foods. What will the shopping experience be in the famous natural foods store from now on?

* Trash cooking? Yup. Such exists. In a  better language, it is called cooking with scraps.

* Korean scientists are toning down some of kimchi’s distinct characteristics, including its strong smell, to make it more appealing to Westerners.

* The secret history of the world’s most expensive spice, saffron.

* A special type of tea, pu-erh, sought after by tea connoisseurs, comes from only one hidden mountainous corner in China.

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  • How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranat | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran
    How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate (Video)
    November 10, 2017
    All photos by Greg Seber Pomegranates are one of the best parts of fall and winter months. Won’t you agree? Love the fruit! Recently, at a private cuisine and culture presentation and lunch event I did for a group of home economists in our house, I was asked if  there was any special technique I used to cut and de-seed...
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  • Cuisine and Culture Tour to Azerbaijan and Georgia, by Feride Buyuran
    Announcing My Cuisine and Culture Tour to Azerbaijan and Georgia
    November 6, 2017
    Friends, I have some very exciting news to share! I am doing my first  Cuisine and Culture Tour to Azerbaijan and Georgia in July, 2018, and it is now open for registration. My award-winning cookbook, Pomegranates & Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan, is literally coming to life, with Georgia joining in! This is a unique opportunity and has never been offered in...
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  • Pomegranate with Eggs, Narnumru | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran
    Pomegranate with Eggs, or Narnumru (Video)
    October 27, 2017
    Photo: Greg Seber This post was originally published on November 3, 2014 and is now updated. I have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe for best results. ______ Tell me what your first reaction was when you saw this picture of pomegranate with eggs. If you said “Wow!” then thank you. Glad you liked it. If you said, “Together? What? How?...
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  • Lentil Soup | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran
    Turkish Lentil Soup (Video)
    October 20, 2017
    Photo: Greg Seber This Turkish Lentil Soup happens to be one of my favorite soups on Earth. Simple yet packed with flavors, and better yet, with tons of nutrition.  The happily marrying ingredients in this soup are red lentils, carrots, potatoes, onions, and my new addition – garlic! They get pureed at the end and you get the creamiest, silky-smoothest...
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  • Pumpkin Pie | AZCookbook.com with Feride Buyuran
    Pumpkin Pie (Video)
    October 14, 2017
      Time to bake Pumpkin Pie because tis the season! And I have the right recipe for you. This is the result of my yet another obsession to perfect a recipe. A little while ago, I set out on a quest to make the perfect pumpkin pie, which, to me must have a tender yet flaky crust, a creamy yet...
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