Welcome to AZ Cookbook!
I’m Feride (read “e” at the end as you would in sauté). I am also known as Farida. I am 34 and I live in sunny Long Beach, California. I am originally from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, a beautiful country with friendly people, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine. The country where everybody’s doors are always open to guests, just like on my blog, although herein this is done virtually.
Cooking is my passion. A fervent passion that has led to the creation of this blog and to the idea to write my own cookbook on Azerbaijani cuisine (currently a work in progress).
AZ is For…
Azerbaijan and Beyond. Initially, this blog was titled Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook. But since I post recipes that are a mix of Azerbaijani and non-Azerbaijani, I renamed the blog to AZ Cookbook (it’s been my domain name from the beginning). AZ is short for Azerbaijan and it also implies all kinds of foods from A to Z - beyond Azerbaijani, that is.
Pomegranate In the Header Is For…
My love for this fruit. But not only. I grew up in a country where pomegranates are as common as apples. It is an unofficial symbol of Azerbaijan, representing beauty, color, and abundance. My favorite way to indulge in it? Cut it open, pick out the ruby seeds, fill my mouth with them, and let them send their sweet and sour juices every which way, including my face (the latter being my favorite part).
My recipes come from various sources: some are old family recipes, some hail from my recipe collection I’ve been compiling since I was a teenager (collected but rarely cooked, that’s right), and from numerous cookbooks and magazines, while others are my personal creations or recipes previously posted on other food blogs and web sites.
Unless stated otherwise, I style and photograph all blog pictures. I use Canon Digital Rebel XTi. My earlier pictures were taken with Nikon D40X.
All text and photography appearing in this blog is the exclusive property of AZ Cookbook. Please do not copy, display or distribute any text or photo from this blog without my permission. Contact me if interested.
Thank you very much for visiting! Enjoy!