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Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart In An American Kitchen (2011)

by Donia Bijan(Favorite Author)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 2
1565129571 (ISBN13: 9781565129573)
Algonquin Books
review 1: Enjoyable, but not as polished as some. I liked the parts in Iran best; the parts with the author as an adult seemed to lack focus, though I really liked some of the glimpses into her positions as a stage in rural France. Her extreme level of focus felt exhausting. She switches between extreme self-deprecation to slight self-promotion in a way that made me feel like I never really got to know the author. And like other reviewers, I thought the recipe choices were odd... I like to cook, but these books don't usually have all these big Presentation pieces (duck a l'orange and so on). Tea, cookies, salads, dips, pies, maybe ONE big bird--I would have been happier.
review 2: A lovely memoir and tribute to the author's mother. Not only is Bijan a talented chef, to h
... moreer credit she is also a very good writer. I felt as though I was with her, perched on a stool in her mother's kitchen, tasting and smelling the exotic and wonderful aromas. The bonus is that Bijan has added recipes for some of her Persian inspired foods - which also happens to be one of my favorite cuisines! less
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Lovely memoir of her education as a cook; set in Iran, France and California. Contains recipes.
This was a beautifully written book, full of love and heart, and definitely worth reading.
Nice memoir....reminded me of Like Water for Chocolate...but with Persian food....
Ah...what memories. I'll have to go back to this book to go over the recipes.
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