Life Without A Recipe

Life Without A Recipe

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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A follow-up to "The Language of Baklava" continues the story of the author's struggles with cross-cultural values and how they shaped her coming of age and her culinary life, tracing her three marriages, her literary ambitions, and her midlife decision to become a parent.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393249095
0393249093
Branch Call Number: 921 ABU-JABER, DIANA
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 22 cm

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Indoorcamping
May 25, 2017

One of the sweetest, best memoirs I've read in a long time. Enjoyed it even more than her previous work, and that's saying so much. She has one of those voices that makes you think she's someone you might know from somewhere - so familiar and so connectable. I have nothing in common with her except being human and female, yet I felt like I had gone through love and pain for three people before I finished reading.

It's what we read memoir for - living through another's extraordinary experiences so we can learn without the consequences.

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josiehann
Oct 07, 2016

A memoir of food, family, and navigating a multicultural existence in America. Love the title! I was swept up in many of Abu-Jaber's family tales, but not as invested in the chapters that focused on her daughter's growth and development.

An engaging and graceful memoir of food and family, but mostly family. At one end a German grandmother whose religion is baking, and at the savory end a gregarious cook and father of Jordanian heritage. I would read any book Diana Abu-Jaber writes, just for the pleasure of her warmly complex and lyrical style, and this doesn't disappoint.

Kris- PR

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