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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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  • Links to Reads: April 2015
    April 30, 2015
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    We are about to say good bye to April and to welcome May to our life. I did some online reading in April. Enjoy my top 10 Links to Reads. * How the gluten-free movement is ruining our relationship with food. * Countries who cook the most and the least. * Scientists finally figure out why lobsters turn red when...
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  • Support “Pomegranates & Saffron” on Kickstarter
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    Support "Pomegranates & Saffron" on Kickstarter
    Dear friends of AZ Cookbook, Some news! I’ve just launched a Project Fundraiser on Kickstarter! Please click on the picture above to be directed to the project page. All the details, why’s and how’s of the fundraiser are listed there. I count on your support, which has always meant a lot to me! Thank you so much in advance! Much...
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    Spring is here and today I am sharing with you the most spring-fitting recipe ever! OK. I am not. I am bad, I know. Because today we have lots of chocolate on the menu. Wait! Chocolate has no season, right? You can enjoy it any time, right? Well, then I have all the excuse to post this recipe today for...
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  • Links to Reads: March 2015
    April 3, 2015
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    I was recently contacted by the staff of Raw Spice Bar, a new company based out of Los Angeles and asked if I would like to try their newly lunched subscription service that comes with cool products. Their products are spices from around the world. Freshly ground, small batch premium spice blends that arrive at your doorsteps once a month....
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