You know how I love cookbooks, and that Doug and I are now writing articles for the AGBU’s newly-launched online Ararat magazine, right?
I recently received a very warm email from Talia Jebejian, ABGU Special Events Coordinator. She noted that her family has Aintabtsi roots on both sides, and that their specialty recipe is yogurt soup with round keufteh and mint, called “keufteli yaghne” or “yogurt soup with wheat balls” – a recipe found in her late grandmother’s cookbook, “Classic Armenian Recipes: Cooking Without Meat”. This cookbook was written by Talia’s grandmother, Mariam Jebejian and Alice Antreassian back in the early 1980’s.
Did Talia mention “cookbook”? Another “must have” as far as I was concerned.
But, easier said than done… I thought for sure I could order one from the St. Vartan Bookstore in NYC, but they didn’t have any. I thought all was lost.
Doug, came to my rescue by finding a used copy through Amazon.com. (Feel free to scroll down to see our Amazon link and other items we recommend.) He never told me he found the cookbook or that he ordered a copy. He quietly handed me the package when it arrived, saying, “This is a special gift for you, honey.” I was delighted to discover the Jebejian-Antreassian cookbook inside…and in pretty good shape, too for something used.
Thanks, Talia, for letting me know about this cookbook. And thanks, Doug, for finding it and buying it for me!
All I need now is a larger bookcase.