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  • New Plans!
    October 30, 2014
    New Plans!
    Hello, friends of AZ Cookbook! I have some news to share with you. As you know, I am done with my cookbook and it took me years, or 7 years to be precise, to complete it, from the inception of the idea to seeing the book come off the press (I  worked full-time at one point, too). It’s over and […]...
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  • Links to Reads: October 2014
    October 28, 2014
    Links to Reads: October 2014
    October Links to Reads are here! Enjoy! * Kitchens around the world. An amazing photo tour by National Geographic. * How to stuff an avocado. * From hive to bottle: harvesting honey. * Love steaks? Here’s  how to buy the safest meat and make the juiciest steaks. * Why California’s draught-stressed pomegranate may be better for you. * 5 women who...
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  • Books in Baku Bookstores!
    October 20, 2014
    AZ Cookbook | "Pomegranates and Saffron" in Bookstores
    Here is my book in a bookstore! Photo credit: Farida Bashirova Hello, friends in Baku! I have some awesome news for you.  My cookbook, “Pomegranates and Saffron,” is now available in all of Baku’s Ali and Nino bookstores. I am super excited! My book in bookstores? Sounds like a dream, still. But it happened! Note that the stock is limited. Thank you...
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  • Books Arrived in Baku!
    October 12, 2014
    Books Arrived in Baku!
    Hello, friends in Baku! I have great news for you. As I’ve already announced on our Facebook page, my book “Pomegranates and Saffron” has arrived in Baku. Those of you who pre-ordered it, will be able to pick it up from a designated place in downtown Baku (e-mail with details will be sent out soon). After the pre-ordering stage is...
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  • Store is Now Open! Exclusive Tea Blends and More!
    October 1, 2014
    Store is Now Open! Exclusive Tea Blends and More!
      Some super exciting news! Friends, I am so very happy to announce the launch of AZ Cookbook online store! We have an exclusive selection of tea blends, made specially for friends of AZ Cookbook, with each one of you in mind. AZ Cookbook partnered with Tea Amore, the producer of the finest organic and natural tea blends, to create...
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  • Links to Reads: September 2014
    September 28, 2014
    Links to Reads: September 2014
    Market scene in Istanbul as seen by yours truly. Time to say goodbye to September! Almost. Hello October. You came fast but you are very welcome. What did I read this past month? A few things worth sharing. Enjoy! * To refrigerate Parmesan or not? That’s the question. * So much to learn about apples! 123 varieties of it. * So...
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  • Cookbook Trailer is Here!
    September 18, 2014
    Cookbook Trailer is Here!
    My 11-year daughter Meltem put together this beautiful trailer for my cookbook. Made with love. Hope you help me share this love! Enjoy! And thank you for watching. Previous posts about “Pomegranates and Saffron”: My Book is Ready to Pre-Order! So, What’s in the Book: Part I (book contents) So, What’s in the Book: Part II Some Exciting Cookbook News...
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  • Links to Reads: August 2014
    September 8, 2014
    Links to Reads: August 2014
    Market scene in Istanbul, Turkey Goodbye, August and hello, September! I loved August.  I may be biased. Because my cookbook got printed that month (yay!). I spent 2 last weeks of August in Istanbul (I am now back in Long Beach). Between the time I spent in the printing house in Istanbul and the time I had a chance to see around, I managed...
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  • My Cookbook is Here!
    August 28, 2014
    My Cookbook is Here!
    Here it is! My cookbook! Finally!  I am over the moon happy. The book looks absolutely beautiful inside and out, modesty aside. The experience of seeing your own book “being born” was amazing! The printing house did a great job with every step of the process. Here’s the link to my cookbook. You can still pre-order it. It will soon be...
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  • Soon, Very Soon!
    August 13, 2014
    Soon, Very Soon!
    Samples pages from “Pomegranates and Saffron” Soon, very soon, I will be flying to Istanbul to  get real close to my dream come true—to seeing my book actually come off the print! So very excited! http://www.azcookbook.com/pomegranatesandsaffron/ So, I will spend about 10 day in the printing house, working  on color proofs and other printing-related things, then watching the printing team actually send the book...
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  • Links to Reads: July 2014
    August 4, 2014
    Links to Reads: July 2014
    Goodbye, July and hello, August! That was fast again. In July I read quite a few interesting articles and it’s now time to share the best with you. Enjoy! * Raw milk. Pros and Cons.  * Are organic vegetables more nutritious after all? Dan Charles explores the topic. * Camu camu. Anyone knows what it is? * Meet a cooking prodigy and a chef who is...
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  • Some Exciting Cookbook News – Part II
    July 28, 2014
    Some Exciting Cookbook News - Part II
    Great news for friends of AZ Cookbook in Azerbaijan! – You can now pre-order my cookbook, Pomegranates and Saffron, online, without paying any shipping fees!  Once the book is out, you can pick up your copy from a designated place (to be determined later) in Baku. In this case, you will only pay the special pre-order price of $35 (regular price $38)...
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