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evocative, triste and charming
on 15 June 2001
....small size (together with lovely cover and sewn-in book mark) is part of what makes the whole package so charming and covetable. Never having been to Egypt in 1940, or otherwise, I can't say whether a previous reviewer (who thinks the memories and recipes unauthentic) is right or not. But why would the author make it up? Certainly, her descriptions of her mother and grandparents are far too painfully drawn to be an invention. I've ordered 2 more copies to send to friends who share the misery of having an unsatisfactory mother.
I loved this intimate little book despite the contents being slight. And, although the (pretty standard) recipes are few and far between, they are no less authoritative than Claudia Roden's (or those of any other Middle Eastern food writer I've read) as well as being evocative and doable.