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April 16, 2006

Questions I recieve via email and through comments by Farid Zadi

I get a lot of emails and comments with food questions. Over time I have found many repeat questions. Rather than repeat my answers via email or on the blogs I will post them this thread in bookofraiforum.

You can also join the forum to post the questions yourself. There are other members who can help you with your questions,

January 26, 2006

Newsletter by Farid Zadi

Dear readers

It is finally coming...

In a month or so this blog and my Algerian cuisine blog will be organized differently. The new format will be visually cleaner and easier to read. Look for more contributors as well as videos and podcasts from around the world. The internet is merging (has merged)  with different forms of media. The future of food is the internet.

As usual our goal is to focus on food as it relates to history, culture, arts, economics, politics, education, etc... plus some fun stuff thrown in to keep your attention.

Join to post about what you know and to ask questions about what you do not know. It is as simple as that (probably not so simple). Book of rai forum is a friendly place  to share, to learn with an open mind.

We have some interesting topics and projects such as 18th century cooking in Mexico and the Philippines, the foods of Africa and the African diaspora*, Medieval cookery, The Spanish Lake, etc, If you have a research question post it on the forum, chances are you will recieve feedback.

*This is leading into a documentary series with a group of chefs and writers of African descent from around the world.

January 21, 2006

Mystery Fruit by Farid Zadi


Please help identify this mystery fruit. Discussion on bookofraiforum .

December 09, 2005

Announcement By Farid Zadi

Dear readers and contributors

I know I've been promising to organize this blog and the other one as soon as possible. The thing that is holding me back is the potentional rise in web fees. Some days both blogs get a combined page view count of up to 4000 and the blogs are pretty new, that plus projected readership growth and the forum can potentially translate into exorbitant web fees. Those are the reasons for the delay. I'd like both blogs to be organized more like this blog.

A note to food writers

Posting on certain food forums is a great way to make some contacts and to exchange information. However the really knowledgeable people are easier to find in the blogsphere and I hope more food bloggers join the forum I started. To keep your name as writer out there, you really must blog. The future of food is here and it is blogging, they have search engine supremacy over more static appearing websites. There is absolutely no other medium through which the contributors here could have reached an audience that densely covers North America, Western Europe, the Mediterranean countries, the Indo-Malay archipelago, Australia and to a lesser extent South Asia, North Africa and Latin America so fast.

If you are concerned about google and yahoo's projects to make available cookbooks online, divert the traffic to your blog or if you do not have the energy to start your own blog, contact me about posting occasionally here.

November 19, 2005

Note to Contributors

DO NOT approve comments to your posts. I will do that. Recently there have been alot of spam comments. Spam comments containing advertising or potential viruses that can do damage to the blog.

I'm not sure if "virus" is the correct word, but I've participated in forums for bloggers where there has been discussion of spam comments having deleted entire blogs!

I back up the data frequently but to put it all up would be really tedious and time consuming.

November 13, 2005

Last 100 visitors 9:20 AM Pacific Standard Time

The demographics change according to the time of day. I thought it would be fun for the readers and contributors to see a "random" sampling of visitors.

1.  Montbran, Bretagne, France    
2. Danbury, Connecticut, United States    
3. Las Vegas, Nevada, United States    
4. Flavion, Namur, Belgium    
5. Burnsville, Minnesota, United States    
6. Toronto, Ontario, Canada    
7. Chiswick, Slough, United Kingdom    
8. Greensboro, North Carolina, United States    
9. Delhi, Delhi, India  
10. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  
11. Portland, Oregon, United States  
12. Shreveport, Louisiana, United States  
13. Arley, Coventry, United Kingdom  
14. Derendingen, Solothurn, Switzerland  
15. Oslo, Oslo, Norway  
16. Toronto, Ontario, Canada  
17. United States  
18. Kampong Melayu Kebun Bunga, Selangor, Malaysia  
19. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States  
20. Delhi, Delhi, India  
21. Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
22. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden  
23. Normal, Illinois, United States  
24. Walnut, California, United States  
25. Slough, Slough, United Kingdom  
26. Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France  
27. Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom  
28. Slough, Slough, United Kingdom  
29. Slough, Slough, United Kingdom  
30. Font Rousse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France  
31. Aurora, Colorado, United States  
32. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico  
33. Jurong Town, Singapore  
34. Bergenfield, New Jersey, United States  
35. Short Hills, New Jersey, United States  
36. Reims-la-Brulée, Champagne-Ardenne, France  
37. Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom  
38. Orlando, Florida, United States  
39. London, Lambeth, United Kingdom  
40. Pully, Vaud, Switzerland  
41. Reykjavík, Gullbringusysla, Iceland  
42. New York, New York, United States  
43. East Grand Forks, Minnesota, United States  
44. Vanves, Ile-de-France, France  
45. Algiers, Alger, Algeria  
46. Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia  
47. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States  
48. Villejuif, Ile-de-France, France  
49. Kampong Baharu Cheras Batu Sembilan, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia  
50. Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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November 06, 2005

Book of Rai Food Forum by Farid Zadi

Book of Rai Forum

Book of Rai forum seeks to foster cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary dialogues about food. It evolved from this blog which evolved from frustrations with certain food forums. So why start another one? I feel there is a place for a more inclusive and focused forum with hosts and moderators who are passionate about their fields of interest. If you would like to be host or moderator contact any existing host or moderator via PM or email. It’s as simple as that. Post about what you know, if you don’t know ask a question.

I'll be emailing people to join over the next few weeks. Those of you who are familiar with English language food forums will recognize some members, but I think many will be surprised by many more fresh faces and voices to the world of food forums.

November 03, 2005

Translations by Farid Zadi

I thank everyone who has emailed me about the blogs with their kind supportive words. If you have questions, comments or suggestions I encourage you to post them in the comments field. The contributors appreciate feedback and if you email me I am the only one who gets to read it.

I know that some readers use translation software. Babelfish will not give you precise translations but it is good enough to get a broad idea about the content. There are two translation forums I know of Word Reference and International Forum. I don't know much about them but the Arabic and French translation assistance seems to be very good. Word reference also seems to be more moderated than International Forum is.

October 17, 2005

Fundraising Cookbook for the Center for Multicultural Human Services by Monica Bhide

Dear Friends,

I am collecting recipes for a labor of love—a fundraising cookbook for the local non-profit Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS). cmhs site

CMHS’s mission is to help people from ethnically diverse backgrounds succeed by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive mental health and related services, and by conducting research and training to make such services more widely available. Rekindling hope and rebuilding live, the Centre is staffed by multi-ethnic, multilingual social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, education specialists, art therapists, and graduate interns from local universities. Families are from ---

Turkey, Somalia, Bosnia, India,Russia,Vietnam,Spain,Cambodia,Japan,Portugal, China,Korea, Germany to name just a few. Services offered include -- Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma (PSTT), multicultural mental health treatment and evaluation services, aid to victims of domestic violence, housing, cross cultural training, children’s education, and much more.

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October 16, 2005

Euroblogger Parcel Exchange by Farid Zadi

I participated in Euroblogging by post organized by Andrew. I recieved my package a while back from London and am late in posting. Teaching double shifts and on Saturdays leaves me little free time.


This is the lovely parcel I received from London. I did not expect so many ingredients. I will update this post once I figure something out. The dried lily buds stump me a bit and did not expect them from Europe.

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