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Lavash for sale at GUM Market in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo by John Lee

Lavash for sale at GUM Market in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo by John Lee

  • Armenian Lavash Cooking Demonstration at American History Museum

    When: Friday, November 15, 1–2 p.m.
    Where: National Museum of American History, Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza (1 West)

    After its success at the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Armenia: Creating Home program, the famous Armenian lavash flatbreadis coming back to the National Mall. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is partnering with the National Museum of American History to present a cooking demonstration and discussion with the authors of Lavash: the bread that launched 1,000 meals, plus salads, stews, and other recipes from Armenia. This new cookbook and travelogue dives into the foodways of Armenia and its traditions of bread, feasts, and foraging.

    Join us in the museum’s demonstration kitchen for a chance to hear stories from the authors’ travels in Armenia and watch them make traditional Armenian dishes. After the demonstration, the authors will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase on site. Get a taste of the writing and photographs on the Festival Blog, “On the Lavash Trail in Armenia.”

    The event, part of the museum’s Cooking Up History series, is free and open to the public. You can register on Eventbrite to secure a spot.

    About the Presenters

    Kate Leahy is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer based in San Francisco. Her books include A16, Burma Superstar, and Cookie Love.

    John Lee is a food and lifestyle photographer based in San Francisco who shoots regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle and cookbooks such as Heritage Baking, Tyler Florence Fresh,and Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia.

    Ara Zada is a chef, recipe developer, and food writer based in Los Angeles.


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