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Slow Books: Discussion of Diana Abu-Jaber’s “The Language of Baklava”

August 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us for a Slow Book discussion of The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber.

There is no charge for this event, but space is limited. Please RSVP to slowfoodsonomacountynorth@gmail.com. Once we receive your registration, we will send you additional information and directions to the event.


What Is Slow Books?

Slow Books is a series of discussions of food-related books written from a variety of perspectives–chef, critic, consumer, producer. Meetings are held every 6 weeks and are open to everyone with an interest in the current book. Books are chosen by the group. Hosting and discussion leader changes for each meeting.

The Language of Baklava, by Diana Abu-Jaber.

Diana Abu-Jaber’s vibrant, humorous memoir weaves together delicious food memories that illuminate the two cultures of her childhood—American and Jordanian. Here are stories of being raised by a food-obsessed Jordanian father and tales of Lake Ontario shish kabob cookouts and goat stew feasts under Bedouin tents in the desert. These sensuously evoked repasts, complete with recipes, paint a loving and complex portrait of Diana’s impractical, displaced immigrant father who, like many an immigrant before him, cooked to remember the place he came from and to pass that connection on to his children. The Language of Baklava irresistibly invites us to sit down at the table with Diana’s family, sharing unforgettable meals that turn out to be as much about “grace, difference, faith, love” as they are about food. (Amazon)



August 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm