Have you ever tried food from Azerbaijan? Do you know where this country is? I had a general idea, but definitely could not have drawn it on a map. The country’s borders and culture have gone through a lot of changes over the centuries. The food is similar to some of it’s neighbors (Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Turkey), but is unique.
Pomegrantes and Saffron author, Feride Buyuran, is living in California, but was raised in Azerbaijan. She’s done a whole lot of research with family and friends in order to put together this one of a kind, award winning cookbook.
It includes recipes from the different regions of Azerbaijan along with personal stories about the dishes and the culture of the country. It’s enjoyable to simply open up the cookbook to read and look at the photographs, but it’s even more of a joy to eat this delicious food.
Melissa’s Produce hosted a food blogger luncheon with Feride. She is passionate and knowledgable about the foods of her homeland. Here are some of the dishes from the cookbook:
Chopped Vegetable Salad
Vegetable Kabob Salad
Rice Pilaf with Dill and Fava Beans
This was easily my favorite dish from the luncheon!
Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce
Ganja Style Chicken with Eggs
Baku Style Baklava
The dough is thicker than the Turkish and Greek baklava I’m accustomed to. This is moist and chewier. It’s very good!
Pomegranates and Saffron
A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan
by Feride Buyuran