She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University. Connect with Feride on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
While Azerbaijan’s culture and cuisine are not yet well known to many of us, Feride Buyuran’s book Pomegranates and Saffron is about to change this omission.
Interspersed throughout the text are fascinating glimpses of local culture and traditional proverbs related to food that will make your adventure even more memorable.
1) Gourmand Best in the World Award (2015) Feride Buyuran is the creator of AZCookbook.com, a popular food blog that features recipes and stories from Azerbaijan and beyond.
Azerbaijani cuisine has a fascinating culinary history—it evolved gradually over the centuries as new ingredients and techniques were introduced and embraced or discovered as a result of a centuries-long cultural exchange between East and West. Each recipe intro and chapter heading gives further information into Azeri culture and food traditions, especially regional ones. 200 diverse recipes, as diverse as the history and people of this unique country, are written clearly and with great detail. It was at that time she discovered her passion for cooking.
Although mainstream local foods are typically known and cooked all over the country, there are also lesser-known food traditions of ethnic groups living there, including Molokan Russians and Jews, who contribute to the culinary repertoire of the country, enriching it even more. A detailed bibliography and additional resources into culture, language, and literature and folklore are also provided… Pomegranates and Saffron is a vibrant, personal journey and Feride had me pulled in by her second paragraph when she wrote “I developed a strong passion for recipes. She states, “Food we realized, connected us to our homes.” Read full review.
Each one adds sentiment to your cooking experience. It is thorough, very well written and outstanding in the original material that it contains, and the history and traditions you describe. I also love the “education” about Azerbaijan and traditions and culture. Actually I opened the package in the post office, couldn’t wait to see…. Gulya Hajiyeva Dear, Feride, in this cold and snowy weather my heart was warmed by my long awaited two copies of your brilliant book that arrived in the mail. Sending you a picture together with my enormous appreciation. I couldn’t contain my joy when I held the book in my hands and went through the pages devouring the beautiful food stories, recipes, and impeccable food photography. I hope you won’t get exhausted by ordering copies again and again for the years to come reminding you all the while what an amazing job you have done for the Azerbaijani cuisine & culture.
You are a ground-breaker, Feride, and thank you so much for your labor of love! Khanoum Rasul Bagirov Feride, my sister in law received her books. The recipes are very detailed, with possible modifications, origin and cultural context provided. Yes, I already feel that this will be a great journey for me as you mentioned, there is magic about this book, I feel it Thank you, dear! I am feeling so proud and thankful for the job what you have done Feride!Noppacha Ann Tuansa-ard It’s here and worth waiting for!More-than-a-cookbook by my uber talented friend, Feride Sadikhova Buyuran.is a gorgeous cookbook that deserves every award it is up for; the stunning photography, rich cultural background, and the physical book itself (oversized, with a red satin bookmark) will immerse you in the sights and smells of Azerbaijan’s rich culinary history. (Also named as one of Top 10 Cookbooks by Sarah Hodge…The book is stuffed full of information even beyond the kitchen, including traditional Azerbaijani hospitality and table etiquette, along with special days and feasting traditions, like the new year celebration in March called Novruz. Mary Beth Kepper We just received our cookbook from Feride Sadikhova Buyuran. But then again it’s not a cookbook, it’s a delicious, fun, amazing trip to Azerbaijan!There is also a scattering of Azerbaijani words of wisdom and proverbs throughout: When a cat cannot reach the meat, he says it was rotten anyway, and You can’t make pilaf from words – you need rice and butter. The only words I keep feeling are stunning and magnificent. But of course we will be elbow deep in the kitchen very soon. Barbara Hansen I can’t say enough good things about your book. Yesterday your cookbook arrived in our post office, BUT – today it is home with me! I look forward to reading and cooking and showing to my Azeri husband… It’s great literature; I love it and am so proud of you! I knew it’d be great, but you have surpassed anything I expected! I hope that this book decorates the bookstore shelves in the US (but doesn’t just stay there :)) and travels around the globe.