“In most Iranian homes, there is no better way to begin a story than with a cup of tea, served hot, in a glass to better see its amber hue, with two lumps of sugar, and a dish of sweets.”
So Donia Bijan sets a place at her table, to tell us a story and to share the smells of her family’s kitchen.
“Maman’s Homesick Pie is a story about a woman who is an extraordinary daughter, world traveler, chef, and writer. This memoir is written by Donai Bizan, who understands the human condition, the kitchen, and the needs of a child to embrace who and what she was. Throw in the fact that wonderful recipes are included along with these heartfelt experiences, and you have a story that envelopes and rings true for anyone who reads it. If you only read one memoir this year or in your lifetime, Maman’s Homesick Pie is the memoir to read.”
– Heather Haven, author of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries
For ten years, Donia Bijan brought her love of food and excellent taste to a delightful little bistro, called L’ami Donia. It closed, to the sadness of many locals, including myself, in 2004, when she chose to spend more time with her family.
Now we can share her love of food in a different way. Part memoir, part cookbook, Maman’s Homesick Pie gives us a taste of her history and her home. She will be speaking at the downtown branch of the Palo Alto Library on Wednesday, Feb. 27th. at 7pm.