Winner, Best Eastern European Cookbook in US (2014)
Silver, Living Now Book Award, Ethnic Cookbooks category (2015)
Winner, National Indie Excellence Award, International Cookbooks category (2016)
Finalist of Best Book Awards, International Cookbooks category (2016)
"...This amazing, extensive, and comprehensive compilation on this ancient culture and cuisine is a must for anyone interested in expanding their culinary repertoire.” — Sheilah Kaufman, Award-Winning Author of The Turkish Cookbook
Imagine a country where East and West are beautifully intertwined in the cuisine and culture and where its treasured cooking secrets are waiting to be discovered. Welcome to Azerbaijan. In Pomegranates and Saffron, Feride Buyuran takes you on a delightful culinary journey through this beautiful land in the Caucasus, her birthplace.
Explore over 200 tempting recipes for appetizers and salads, soups and stews, pasta, meat, vegetable and egg dishes, breads, saffron rice pilafs, aromatic drinks, and desserts, all adapted for preparation in a Western kitchen. Interspersed throughout the text are fascinating glimpses of local culture and traditional proverbs related to food that will make your adventure even more memorable. Featuring hundreds of stunning photographs of food, people, and landscapes throughout, this book lends a rare peek into the fascinating culture of Azerbaijan—colorful, rich, and diverse.
Feride Buyuran is a food writer born and raised in Azerbaijan, now based in Los Angeles. She is the creator of AZcookbook.com, a popular food blog that features recipes and stories from Azerbaijan and beyond.
Feride’s passion for the cuisine of her homeland has been the inspiration behind her debut book, Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan. Broadly featured in media, this first U.S.-published Azerbaijani cookbook has won five prestigious awards, including Gourmand Best in the World.
Feride enjoys speaking on topics of food history and culture at public and private venues. Among her public speaking events are lectures at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and at the Los Angeles Central Library. On a mission to connect cultures, Feride also designs full immersion cultural and culinary tours to Azerbaijan and neighboring Georgia. Through these unique experiences, she hopes to give people the gift of better understanding one another while savoring the best the region has to offer.
Find out more about Feride at azcookbook.com and feridebuyuran.com.