Three Iranian sisters escape the aftermath of the fundamentalist revolution in their home country to a small village in Ireland and open a cafe where magic may just be one of the many ingredients in their mouth-watering cooking.
From our 2015 #80DayRead Adult Summer Reading Club traveler Patricia: 8/10 A Lovely read. I badly want to try pomegranate soup and some of the other recipes. I also want to travel to Ireland.
"The small Irish village of Ballinacroagh is an insular, isolated place whose residents don't quite know what to make of the three Iranian sisters, refugees from their country's revolution, who have just purchased a former bakery with plans to open a cafe. Though some residents are enticed by the aromas wafting out of the cafe and by the sisters' warm personalities, others side with the town bully, who fears the restaurant will put his pub out of business. Incredibly descriptive - of both the food and the people - this debut includes 13 Persian recipes, and has been compared to Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate. If you enjoy it, you can meet the Ballinacroagh inhabitants again in Rosewater and Soda Bread." Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=580458
The descriptions of the food in this book would make it excellent, even if the story wasn’t. Luckily the story is most excellent. Three sisters escape Iran and open a restaurant in a small Irish town. Some of the residents embrace the sisters and their exotic culinary offerings with an open heart and some do not. But really, who can resist good food? I recommend reading this when you have the time and energy to cook, or at the very least curl up with a cup of very good tea.
Not a highly complex book but captures a glimpse into the life of 3 sisters living and building a life in Ireland.
The characters are believable and the recipes provided are also a bonus.
Well worth reading.
Lovely little book. A common story of hardship and final acceptance no matter where it is set. Great recipes.
Very much enjoyed this easy read. Keeps your interest from beginning to end. Even suitable for teen readers. Not necessary to understand the political/religious history of Iran at all. Very much enjoyed this story. Well written, and although somewhat predictable, it's a great read. The Iranian recipes that are included are well placed, and sound delicious, will have to try them out for sure. Definately worth reading
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