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Links to Reads, November 2016
Oven-Baked Tandoori Bread | AZ Cookbook

Oven-baked tandoori bread we made in one of my baking classes.

Good bye (almost), November and welcome, December! And hello, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the upcoming holidays. I’ve had a busy time and did a gazillion things this month, including holding book signing events, teaching cooking classes, celebrating my new award (Pomegranates and Saffron won the Best Books Award / Finalist – International Cookbooks), thinking about launching my own YouTube channel (yes, I really do want that to happen!), and reading a lot of cool articles online and offline.

So much going on! But let’s focus on what this post is about. So, may I present to you the November Links to Reads – top 10! Handpicked specially for you. Enjoy and don’t forget to click on “Read More” at the end for more cool links.

* Oh how much I love and crave Turkish street food! This article hits the spot – all about the amazing food one can find on the streets of Istanbul.

* 15 Americans and their Thanksgiving tables that speak of their heritage and culinary traditions they or their ancestors brought from faraway lands.

* Hear this –  It wasn’t humans who invented agriculture first. Surprise!

* When kids go vegan, parents go…crazy?

* Renowned chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi – born in the same city, the same year, but meet in another part of the world where their careers take off.

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  • Links to Reads, July 2017
    White Cucumber Pickles | AZCookbook.com
    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...
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  • Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions
    Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions | AZCookbook.com
    How do you usually sauté mushrooms? Toss them in the pan with oil or butter and cook, right? Not in this recipe for Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions. In this interesting twist to the commonly known method of preparation, you first blanch the mushrooms in salted water, then sauté them in butter and combine with separately caramelized onions to cook them...
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  • Pickled Garlicky Green Bean Salad
    Pickled Garlicky Green Bean Salad | AZCookbook.com
    Here’s one appetizer that will leave your palate intrigued and happy. Pickled Garlicky Green Bean Salad. Perfect for summer and super easy to make. I served it at my Azerbaijani supper club recently and it was a hit. To make it, green beans are first cooked, then tossed with garlic and fresh herbs, drizzled with vinegar, and left aside for...
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  • Links to Reads, June 2017
    Fresh Blackcurrant | AZCookbook.com
    Welcome, June! And hello, new Links to Reads. Ready for 10 cool articles? * Get a tingly mouth from fruits and vegetables? There is a reason why. * About salt, fat, acid, and heat with Samin Nosrat. * The difference between the three curries: the spice, the leaves, and the dish. * How forks,  knives, and napkins were a Renaissance...
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  • Daffodil-Like Egg Salad, or Nergisleme
    Daffodil-Like Egg Salad (Nergisleme) | AZCookbook.com
    Daffodil-Like Egg Salad. Nergisleme. Intrigued by the name? I was too, when I spotted the recipe in my current Turkish cookbook crush, Essential Turkish Cuisine by Engin Akin. Hailing from Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir, nergisleme is a simple salad made with boiled eggs and copious amounts of fresh, aromatic herbs seasoned with tangy sumac and crushed hot red pepper....
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