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The Language Of Baklava

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The Language of Baklava

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Diana Abu-Jaber
publisher:
Pantheon
genre:
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

In a culinary memoir that’s as delectable for its stories as for its accompanying recipes, Diana Abu-Jaber concocts a feast of words and images from her Arab-American experience. Whether she’s freezing on her family’s front lawn in upstate New York as they grill kebabs to celebrate the first warmish day of the year, or battling with her father over his banishment of a suitor (”Why didn’t you just lock me into some prison in Jordan when you had the chance?” His response: ”I wanted to!”), Abu-Jaber recounts a textured immigrant tale filled with heartfelt dishes (e.g., ”Subsistence Tabbouleh: For when everything is falling apart and there’s no time to cook”). Rich, dense, and flavorful, The Language of Baklava is best savored in small bites.