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My Cookbook Won!

My Cookbook Won!

Winner of Gourmand World Cookbook Award

Dear readers. What you’ve just read in that picture is what I’ve been trying to wrap my head around ever since I received the notification email a few days ago.  My cookbook, “Pomegranates & Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan,” has been named the W-I-N-N-E-R in the Eastern European cuisine category among the books published in the U.S. I read the email that came from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards a million times, to make sure I didn’t misunderstand what it said. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

When I submitted my book to the awards back in September, I knew I would be competing against books published by big and small publishers, who know what they are doing, and there I was, with my very first self-published book, the product of many years of learning ins and outs of the publishing industry by a single person, who still felt there was so much to learn and had her doubts about things, albeit small. But I hoped I would win. I hoped for my little book to stand out from the crowd. I wanted the awards committee to feel it that I spent 7 years on this book and gave my all to it. And they did. They noticed it. I am grateful for that. I am beyond happy, guys!

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    March 6, 2015
    "Oreshki" Walnut Cookies with Dulce de Leche
    Meet some of the most unique cookies that hail from my childhood—walnut-shaped cookies called oreshki. Oreshki means “nuts” in Russian. In this particular case, it means “walnuts.” How are these cookies and my childhood related? Well, long ago, when I was much younger and growing up in Azerbaijan, the country was part of the Soviet Union. Which means that I,...
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  • Links to Reads: February 2015
    March 4, 2015
    Links to Reads: February 2015
    Time for the February Links to Reads.  Here are some of the share-worthy articles I read this past month. Enjoy! * Natural? Organic? Free-range? What do these mean? * Visual feast: If the world’s major cities were made of food. * About shark finning bans. Do they work? * The chicken was first domesticated for cockfighting not food....
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  • Easy Homemade Dulce De Leche
    February 25, 2015
    Easy Homemade Dulce De Leche
    Years ago, when I first heard the term dulce de leche in America, it struck me as fancy and I didn’t quite know what it was. Candy made of milk, or sweet made of milk, as the translation goes. Hmm. Until I found out it was nothing more than what we called “cooked or boiled condensed milk” back in Azerbaijan,...
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  • The Perfect Lemon Tart
    February 17, 2015
    The Perfect Lemon Tart
    If you’ve seen my About Me page, you’ve probably noticed me beaming with happiness over a tart, looking like I am teasing you guys. That, my friends, is the perfect lemon tart. Big time teaser. I baked it for a photo shoot 4 years ago and had been procrastinating posting the recipe on the blog for the longest time. Until....
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    February 13, 2015
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    Tell me what comes to your mind when you read the blog title? Let me guess. Perhaps, just like me, you think it sounds super duper healthy? Am I right or am I right? I think I am right. Health on a plate, literally. Beets, garlic, plain yogurt, walnuts. Each ingredient in this salad I’ll write about speaks of nutrition...
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  • Links to Reads: January 2015
    February 3, 2015
    Links to Reads: January 2015
    February is here. I am a bit late with previous month’s Links to Reads, but better late than never. Here’s a selection of some of the interesting articles I read in January. Enjoy! * What type to use? How’s and why’s of cooking oils. * Burying fig trees? Yes. It is a curious Italian tradition. * United Nations goes United...
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  • Just Cookie Dough
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    Recently I was contacted by Hampton Creek about possibly willing to try one of their  products—Just Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I agreed as I am always curious about all-natural products. Plus, I knew the kids would be happy about their favorite thing on Earth—chocolate chip cookies. I received the cookie dough nicely, professionally packaged in a big ice box. The...
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  • My Cookbook Won!
    January 25, 2015
    My Cookbook Won!
    Dear readers. What you’ve just read in that picture is what I’ve been trying to wrap my head around ever since I received the notification email a few days ago.  My cookbook, “Pomegranates & Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan,” has been named the W-I-N-N-E-R in the Eastern European cuisine category among the books published in the U.S. I read...
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