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Links to Reads: March 2016
Dried Fruits and Nuts, Istanbul

Memories of Istanbul. Summer 2016. Dried fruits and nuts for sale in the city’s renowned Spice Bazaar.

Good bye, March! Hello, April. This means it’s time for a new round of Links to Reads.  Enjoy my top 10 from the month of March.

* Not your grandmother’s cooking: Who gets to cook what’s on your plate? Evan Kleiman claims you don’t have to be a native of a particular country to be able to cook and write about its cuisine. Do you agree?

* The global boom of quinoa so far has been beneficial to Peruvians. But is it all that good? About the cost, the nutrition, and the trouble ahead.

A trip to a sovkhoz on the faraway steppes of Kazakhstan, abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is believed that ranching may bring a new life to this ghost farm.

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  • Eggplant Caviar
    Eggplant Caviar | Feride Buyuran |AZCookbook.com
    Eggplant lovers, unite! This deliciousness, known as Eggplant Caviar, from the heart of the Caucasus, will leave your wanting more and more of it after first try, because it is one of the best eggplant dishes on Earth, I dare say. It is essentially a spread, made with roasted eggplants, onions, and sometimes with tomatoes and peppers added to it...
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  • Links to Reads, May 2017
    Pomegranate Tree | AZCookbook.com
    My pomegranate tree from Azerbaijan is in full bloom now! I hope the buds will stay and give me lots of fruit. Welcome, May! And hello, new Links to Reads. Here are some cool articles I can’t wait to share with you. Enjoy! *  The ecological impact of the foods we eat on our planet. * Wild versus farm-raised salmon....
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  • Tajik Green Lentil and Rice Soup
    Tajik Green Lentil and Rice Soup | AZCookbook.com
    A few days ago, my friend Ayten in Baku posted a video from Tajikistan on her social media – she is moving to the country because she was offered a head position in a reputable organization there (so proud of my girlfriends!). I commented that Tajikistan was one of the countries I’d love to visit one day. And it is...
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  • Eggplant and Mushroom Baked Saffron Rice (Tahcheen)
    Eggplant and Mushroom Baked Saffron Rice (Tahcheen)
    Bright, vivid colors, a skillful use of aromatic spices, irresistible flavors coming from varied ingredient concoctions, and an eye-pleasing presentation with fresh herbs, dried rose petals, pistachios, almonds, or barberries scattered atop savory and sweet dishes. I love these things about Persian dishes. It is a beautiful cuisine. I find a lot of elements of it in my native Azerbaijani...
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  • Links to Reads, April 2017
    Blooming Apricot Tree | AZCookbook.com
    * Buying healthier snacks at vending machines? Possible. You just have to wait to get them. * Typical items in a Middle Eastern pantry, from The Splendid Table. * Do you like baking for others? Keep at it. There are proven benefits to it. * It is sad that today, famine is still so much present in many countries, including...
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  • My Trip to Washington, D.C.
    Feride Buyuran, Lincoln Memorial | AZcookbook.com
    It’s  been a little more than a week since we returned to Los Angeles from D.C. (our very first trip there!) and we already miss it there a lot.  What a great place it is! History, culture, beautiful architecture all around – so much to explore and experience! Sadly, the famous cherry blossom trees were hit hard by the frost...
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  • Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke)
    Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke)
    These tender Cardamom-Walnut Cookies hailing from Azerbaijan are especially popular on spring holiday Novruz, when they often adorn the khoncha, a holiday tray, along with other festive savory and sweet bakes, including the three indispensables – shorgoghal, baklava, and shekerbura. The roll-ups are called mutekke, taking their name from the traditional tube-shaped pillow, mutekke, used to lean on at leisure....
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  • Greek Chicken with Carrots and Fennel
    Greek Chicken with Carrots and Fennel
    If you are looking for an easy, one-pot meal that will save you a lot of time preparing and cooking while satisfying your taste buds, look no further. Make Greek Chicken with Carrots and Fennel. I made it recently and loved it. The recipe for this scrumptious dish comes from the wonderful book on olive oil by my blogger friends...
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