Autumn 2000 (8.3)
Without the enormous help of
Farid Alakbarov, we would never have dared to tackle an
entire issue on food, as it is much more difficult to write about
food than to enjoy tasting culinary delights. But we're a magazine,
and we didn't want to fill these pages with recipes. Farid, a
scholarly expert in medieval medical manuscripts, provided the
historical perspective for numerous articles including: Longevity,
Forbidden Foods, Medieval Etiquette and Medicinal Wines.
To create these appetizing food photographs, Husein Huseinzade
combined two passions: his fine eye for photography and his
great love of cooking. Not just an artistic photographer, Husein
is also a chef who has published several cookbooks about Azerbaijan's
traditional food. He credits his family's background in Tabriz,
a city in southern Azerbaijan (Iran), for his knowledge of Azerbaijani
dishes no longer prepared in the Azerbaijan Republic.
Culinary expert and food enthusiast Tahir Amiraslanov
is very conscious of the dynamic forces at work in shaping contemporary
eating habits. He was an extremely valuable resource in shaping
this issue. His article, "From Pilaf to Pizza," outlines
some of the major trends brought on by the historical, political
and economic reversals of this past century. Tahir directs the
Azerbaijan National Cookery Center in Baku.
Jean Patterson is a freelance food writer in California
whose articles and recipes have been published in several U.S.
food magazines and newspapers. Although she has been a principal
force on AI's editorial staff since 1997, this is the first issue
to take advantage of her specialized knowledge of food. While
she has never been to Azerbaijan, she looks forward to tasting
her first gutab, piti and kabab.
Once you get scholar Tufan Akhundov started talking about
Azerbaijan's archeology, he can barely contain his enthusiasm.
Here he rhapsodizes about his amazing find near Shaki, in the
foothills of the Caucasus-the discovery of what may be the world's
oldest samovar, dating back perhaps to 3,600 years ago. Tahir's
discoveries show that ancients knew long ago how to conserve
energy. It's not a new concept at all.
(8.3) Autumn 2000.
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