Later this month for BOOK CLUB, we’ll be discussing The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate (Tuesday, November 15th at Devourer of Books), but now it’s time give away next month’s BOOK CLUB selection. In December we will be reading our second book from Algonquin Books, Maman’s Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan.
The Maman’s Homesick Pie discussion will take place on Tuesday, December 13th here on Linus’s Blanket. BOOK CLUB is earlier than normal this month to accommodate for the holiday season.
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.
All are welcome to join in on BOOK CLUB, but to win a copy Maman’s Homesick Pie for participation in this discussion, please fill out this form by Monday, November 14th. Your mailing address will be discarded if you aren’t selected to participate and used to mail you the book if you are. I do not share or retain any personal information. Only those selected will be contacted by email.