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Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen


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""Donia Bijan discovers a way back to home and what it means to belong. A memoir both universal and intimate, anchored in history and lifted by the mysterious elements that only occur in a warm and inviting kitchen." --Marsha Mehran, author Pomegranate Soup For Donia Bijan's family, food has been the language they use to tell their stories and to communicate their love. In 1978, when the Islamic Revolution in Iran threatened their safety, they fled to California's Bay Area, where the familiar flavors of Bijan's mother's cooking formed a bridge to the life they left behind. Now, through the prism of food, award-winning chef Donia Bijan unwinds her own story, finding that at the heart of it all is her mother, whose unwavering love and support enabled Bijanto realize her dreams. From the Persian world of her youth to the American life she embraced as a teenager to her years at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris (studying under the infamous Madame Brassart) to apprenticeships in France's three-star kitchens and finally back to San Francisco, where she opened her own celebrated bistro, Bijan evokes a vibrant kaleidoscope of cultures and cuisines. And she shares thirty inspired recipes from her childhood (Saffron Yogurt Rice with Chicken and Eggplant and Orange CardamomCookies), her French training (Ratatouille with Black Olives and Fried Bread and Purple Plum Skillet Tart), and her cooking career (Roast Duck Legs with Dates and Warm Lentil Salad and Rose Petal Ice Cream). An exhilarating, heartfelt memoir, Maman's Homesick Pie is also a reminder of the women who encourage us to shine"--

Product Details

Algonquin Books
Biography & Autobiography : General
Bijan, Donia
Biography & Autobiography : Culinary
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Publication Date:
October 2011

Related Subjects

Biography » Cooking
Biography » General
Biography » Women
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » Asian
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » Middle Eastern
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » United States » California

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen
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