After 3 years, I am finally back in Azerbaijan. I’ve been here for about a month already, staying in Baku with my family. The first couple of weeks were spent on a jetlag recovery, then I resumed my work on the book design and all things book related. Most of the time during the day I work on the book. Have seen a few of my friends (there are still at least 30 people to see!) so far, most of my relatives and have travelled to a few places outside of Baku. What can I say? Baku, my birthplace, has changed a lot since I came here last in 2010. Lots of construction going on.
I personally prefer being in the countryside in the summer as it is hot hot in Baku. The Azerbaijani countryside, especially the regions along the Caucasus Mountains - is a paradise. I will take you to a few places there through the pictures in my next blog post. While I sort out a zillion pictures in search of the best for you, have a very happy summer, friends! See you soon!
Friends, I am very excited to let you know that the work on my first cookbook is progressing! We recently had a photo shoot for the cover.
My friend Viktoria, who has the sharpest eyes and is great with food styling, helped me style the dish we chose for the cover. Alan De Herrera, an amazing food photographer, took the photos. A myriad of them, so we could choose the winner. I would have never thought that a photo shoot for one single cover would take this much time - the time and energy we put into the work was tremendous! We all were exhausted at the end of the session but agreed that the result was well worth it! We have the cover photo now! Thank you, Alan and Viktoria.
Here’s a glimpse at our photo shoot. Stay tuned for more updates!
Alan in the background. Viktoria taking a peak at the latest shot.
Lights, camera, action!
Hmm, let me see how it turned out.
Food stylist to the rescue! Viktoria giving a new life to the dish before the next shoot.