The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber

The Language of Baklava

byDiana Abu-Jaber

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

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Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together delicious food memories that illuminate the two cultures of her childhood—American and Jordanian. Here are stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father and tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert. These sensuously evoked repasts, complete with recipes, paint a loving and complex portrait of Diana’s impractical, displaced immigrant father who, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children. The Language of Baklava irresistibly invites us to sit down at the table with Diana’s family, sharing unforgettable meals that turn out to be as much about “grace, difference, faith, love” as they are about food.

Title:The Language of BaklavaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307428834

ISBN - 13:9780307428837


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A newcomer's tale Being a daughter of a newcomer to Canada -- this book rings so true. Abu-jaber comes from a background similar to my own (my mother's parents even lived in Syracuse!). She humourously and touchingly narrates a beautiful story where her father really does the best he can for his family in this new world of opportunity. The insertion of recipes within these pages is an added bonus (I can tell you the recipes are authentic!). A great book for immigrant children to appreciate the hardships our parents went through to give us opportunities they only dreamed of.
Date published: 2010-01-06