Maman's Homesick Pie
A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen
By Donia Bijan
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565129573, 254pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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.