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May 15, 2005 07:35 AM

lovely lovely food memoir

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...with recipes. Run, do not walk, to find a copy of Diana Abu-Jaber's "Baklava Love", a memoir of growing up half Jordanian in Upstate New York and Jordan. Funny and sensitive, she comes close to MFK Fisher at defining the food/emotion link. She includes her American grandma's pot roast, the Italian neighbor's panna cotta, and of course the fragrant food of her Bedouin/Jordanian family. Her novel "Crescent" is about beautiful food, too. Can't wait to try the recipes!

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  1. I agree. As a first generation American I could really relate (though from another ethnic background). Read it last week from the library- laughed, cried and got really hungry. Have added to my list of books to purchase.

    1. I just looked it up and its called "The Language of Baklava."

      1. I loved her 2 Novels, "Crescent" and "Arabian Jazz" and having been meaning to pick up her memoir. Thanks for your brief review!