Four Eggs

When invited to be a lunch guest in an Azerbaijani home, be prepared for cultural difference and great hospitality.

Azeri tea setting

Azeri tea setting

Aired on American Public Media’s “The Splendid Table” on November 1st, 2008, this radio piece documents Carla going guesting in an Azerbaijani home and receiving an unexpected gift.

“Four Eggs” shows how integral hospitality is to Azerbaijani culture and also illuminates how food often represents a forging of human relationships. Carla recorded this piece while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan. The language you will hear spoken underneath her English narration is Azerbaijani.

The piece is also featured in this blog posting from the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.