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Lepeshka or 'non' is the typical bread sold everywhere in Uzbekistan. Everywhere you go you can see bread sellers wheeling these around in old-fashioned way, using big-wheeled strollers straight from the tandyr clay ovens that are tucked away in the crevices between buildings in the old city. It's light, fluffy, glossy crust and when it's piping hot it is addictively delicious..


For the Uzbeks, 'non' is sacred and more than just food; it's a sign of well-being and traditionally in rural areas, the first thing people bring with them as a gift is 'non' and when leaving, the host won't say goodbye without giving them another 'non'. It is placed under the head of a newborn baby as a way of wishing it a long life or It is put between the legs of a baby who has just taken his first step to provide a blessing for its path. Mothers have their sons take a bite from 'non' hoping they will soon return from war safely and when someone leaves the house he should bite off a small piece of 'non', which will be kept until he comes back and eat it.

Traditionally, 'non' is never cut with knife but it is broken into pieces by hand before eating and it's considered disrespectful if placed upside down. The Uzbeks are so proud of their tradition, culture and history, and 'non' is not only a prominent part of their cuisine but it's a way of life..

Shot taken at Krytyy Market, Bukhara

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WS1 - Precious 'non' closeup, taken at the same market

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