Pomegranate Soup: A Novel – Marsha Mehran
About 2 years ago I was looking through my local book store and found this.
Yes, I do judge a book by its cover and both, cover as well as title, got me interested. Then I saw it mentioned in one sentence with Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun, and I was sold. And rightly so!!!
Pomegranate Soup is a fantastic novel about three sisters fleeing from Iran and finding themselves in a little Irish village. Miles and miles from home they only have the cooking skills their mother taught them and the knowledge of some ingredients’ almost magical power to support them. They open the Babylon Cafe, creating quite an uproar in the quiet village community and a journey for the senses for the reader. A magical book that makes you crave for a cup of Marjan’s bergamot tea and a bite of dolmeh. The Persian delights are creating an inexplicable fascination that makes this book an absolute page turner.
As a little extra: each chapter starts with a recipe, usually one that will have some impact on the story.
More mystical than it’s predecessor but just as much a true foodie book.
It’s been one and a half year since we have seen Marjan, Bahar and Layla come to the little Irish town they now call home and open the Babylon Cafe. It has been a great success which brought them true friends in the community, but also enemies who would use any slip of the otherwise so steadfast integrity to see the three sister sent back to wherever they came from. And this time chances for those slips are lurking at every turn: the romances of two sisters and a washed up girl that tried for abortion will see more than eyebrows raised…
And of course, we continue with the recipes that have made the Babylon Cafe a success.
Doing Without Delia: Tales of Triumph and Disaster in a French Kitchen – Michael Booth
Who is Delia? Yeah, my first question, too. I got the book recommended and lent to me so I thought I give it a try. And thank God I did!
The first page answers your questions regarding the title as well as leads you into the moment when Michael Booth takes the decision to leave his home behind, move with his wife and two young kids to Paris and take up a course in what is undoubtedly the most well know culinary school in the world. With a lot of humor he sheds light on the big grumpy chef-cum-instructors, ingredients he has never even heard of, recipes that possibly Louis XIV last enjoyed (and which were probably the reason for his size) and the eye opening times in French restaurant kitchens.
If French classical cooking and/or Cordon Bleu has always held a certain fascination for you but you don’t have the required pocket money to pay for it, time to invest in it or conviction in your French knowledge, read Doing Without Delia and you get it served up on a delicious bed of wit and a side of hilarity.