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Hello friend! I’m Feride (read “e” at the end as you would in sauté. I am also known as Farida). I live in sunny Long Beach, California.
AZ Cookbook is my small virtual home, my creative outlet, where I share my love of food and all things food related.
The blog has been up and running since 2008. It hopes to live a long life with the support of many wonderful people from around the world, who visit continuously to share my passion. Please feel home here. Let’s cook together!
Here’s some additional information to help you get to know me and my blog better:
AZ in the name is for..
Arizona! Just kidding. AZ has a double meaning. It implies all kinds of foods from A to Z and is also short for Azerbaijan, where I come from.
Pomegranate in the logo is for…
My love for this fruit. I am a shameless pomegranate-holic. I grew up in a country where pomegranates are as common as apples. My favorite way to indulge in it? Cut it open, pick out the ruby arils, fill my mouth with them, and let them send their sweet and sour juices every which way, including my face (totally worth it!), while I happily devour them.
My recipes come from various sources: my recipe collection, family and friends, numerous cookbooks, magazines and websites. I test all the recipes before publishing them on the blog. Browse the Recipe Index by Type, by Ingredient, and by Monthly postings. All posts are also featured in the Picture Gallery.
Hey, I recently self-published my first cookbook called “Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan,” focusing on the cuisine of my birthplace–Azerbaijan. I am absolutely thrilled about! I guess I can say I am a published author now (still cannot wrap my head around this!). My book won Best in the World Gourmand Cookbook Award and is also a silver medalist of Living Now Book Award. Somebody pinch me for the millionths time.
Unless stated otherwise, I style and photograph all the pictures for this blog. I am not a professional photographer but I am constantly working on upgrading my skills. There is so much to learn! I use Canon Digital Rebel XTi.
All text and photography appearing in this blog is the exclusive property of AZ Cookbook. Please respect my work and do not copy, display, or distribute any text or photo from this blog without my permission. Contact me if interested.
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