Lavash is the foundation of every meal in Armenia. This is its story.

Lavash will be released October 29 and is available for order now:

  • Amazon

  • Barnes and Noble

  • Indiebound

  • Waterstones

  • Indigo

    Or order signed copies from a bookstore near you, including Abril Books in Glendale, Omnivore Books in San Francisco, Now Serving in LA, Belmont Books in Belmont, MA., and Book Larder in Seattle.

More about Lavash This versatile flatbread is so important to the country that UNESCO recognizes it as an expression of Armenian heritage.

In Lavash, we first show how to make this bread at home and then we share the many dishes it enhances, from soups and stews to grilled meats, vegetables, and dessert. Alongside recipes are essays and photography that offer windows into the Armenia of the 21st century. But at its core, Lavash is a celebration of breaking bread with friends and family, which is an intrinsic value of this resilient, beautiful country.

What people are saying:

Lavash is an incredibly complete book of foods from Armenia, part cookbook, part coffee-table photo journal, and part history book. The culinary culture of Armenia is ancient, profound, and a doorway to understanding the people and culture of that country—and this book and John Lee’s incredible photos truly do justice to this culinary tradition.
— Serj Tankian, poet, visual artist, activist, composer, and lead vocalist for System of a Down
Much more than simply a cookbook, Lavash is a living portrait of Armenia, its people, and its history, illustrated through its culinary heritage. With each turn of the page, the careful selection of recipes, narrative, and imagery unfolds the country’s complexity and beauty.
— Halle Butvin, Director of the Cultural Sustainability Program, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
At last, Armenian food gets its due! Lavash takes us on a captivating journey through Armenia, sharing stories of this ancient land’s history and people, along with the secrets of its remarkable cuisine. The flatbread recipes alone are worth the price of the book, but there’s so much more revealed here—piquant salads, whole-grain porridges, and soothing soups and stews. This eye-opening book belongs on every library shelf and kitchen counter.
— Darra Goldstein, Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture
Lavash takes readers on a colorful culinary journey to Armenia, past and present. From its investigation into the history of that part of the world to its vivid images and diverse recipes, this book explores what Armenian cuisine looks like today in a very authentic and beautiful way.
— Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef, restauranteur, and co-owner of Red Rooster Harlem
Lavash is a beautiful love letter to Armenian food—bright, layered, soulful—and its culture and hospitality. Through its words, photographs, and, of course, recipes, Lavash brings a vividness to this special place at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It’s a must read for all lovers of food and travel.
— Anna Jones, author of The Modern Cook's Year