Monday, October 31, 2011
Maman's Homesick Pie...Review and Giveaway
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 love and support enabled Bijan to 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 Cardamom Cookies), 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.
I had no idea who Donia Bijan was before I read her memoir, but I certainly loved her story. After the death of her mother, Donia reflects on her life as she begins the task of sorting through her mother's things. Those reflections take us to her childhood in Iran, her family's subsequent exile to America and their new life here and Donia's own experience opening her own restaurant.
Relationships and memories often involve food: the preparing, the eating and the sharing of it. Maman's Homesick Pie is a heartwarming journey through one family's memories and recipes. Donia's reflections and narrative are warm, eloquent and vibrant. Donia's love for her family is tangible, as is her love of good food and cooking. Her mother's influence on her life and the lessons she learned at her mother's table are inspiring.
The book also includes family recipes; exotic Persian dishes that sound delicious.
Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Dona Bijan here. You can purchase your own copy here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here.
Monday, October 10th: Books, Movies, and Chinese Food
Monday, October 17th: girlichef
Wednesday, October 19th: Melody & Words
Thursday, October 20th: Unabridged Chick
Monday, October 24th: Luxury Reading
Monday, October 24th: Unabridged Chick – author interview
Wednesday, October 26th: Chocolate and Croissants
Thursday, October 27th: Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
Friday, October 28th: Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, October 31st: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
Tuesday, November 1st: A Bookish Libraria
Thursday, November 3rd: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
TBD: Chick Lit Reviews
Because I enjoyed Maman's Homesick Pie, thanks to the publisher, I'm offering a giveaway.
It really bugs me when you have to jump through tons of hoops in order to enter giveaways, so a comment with your email address will suffice.
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If you wanted to blog or tweet about it, that's great too, and you'd get an extra entry for that.
Just tell me in your comment if you've done any of the extras. You don't need to leave separate comments for each thing (too annoying!). Seriously though, just commenting is enough for me.
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This giveaway is now closed.
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