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

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Algonquin Books, Oct 11, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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.
 

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Beautifully written!
I love food memoirs and this one didn't disappoint. It's filled with delicious recipes, richly descriptive stories, and a yearning sentiment that makes me want to call my own mother right this instant. Overall, a lovely and scrumptious book!

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1
9
Chapter 2
31
Chapter 3
47
Chapter 4
69
Chapter 5
87
Chapter 6
107
Chapter 7
125
Chapter 9
163
Chapter 10
181
Chapter 11
203
Chapter 12
219
Chapter 13
233
Chapter 14
241
Special Thanks
253
Copyright

Chapter 8
145

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About the author (2011)

Donia Bijan graduated from UC Berkeley and Le Cordon Bleu. After presiding over many of San Francisco’s acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French-inspired cuisine, in 1994 she opened her own restaurant, L’amie Donia, in Palo Alto. She now divides her days between raising her son, teaching, and writing.

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