This is a story about accepting the people we love - the people we have to love and the people we choose to love, the families we’re given and the families we make. It’s the story of two women adrift in New York, a widow and an almost-orphan, each searching for someone she’s lost. It’s the story of how, even in moments of grief and darkness, there are joys waiting nearby.
Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother, who is now packing her off to boarding school. In one last effort to prove herself indispensable, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother’s ideal meal, an obscure Middle Eastern dish called masgouf. Victoria, grappling with her husband’s death, has been dreaming of the daughter they gave up forty years ago. An Iraqi Jewish immigrant who used to run a restaurant, she starts teaching cooking lessons; Lorca signs up. Together, they make cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, kubba with squash. They also begin to suspect they are connected by more than their love of food. Soon, though, they must reckon with the past, the future, and the truth - whatever it might be. Bukra fil mish mish, the Arabic saying goes. Tomorrow, apricots may bloom.
©2013 Jessica Soffer (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book was a joy to read, even while tackling important topics of grief, longing, and loss. At times it is frustrating because of the suppositions made by the characters, but it is well worth your time and credit.
Characters assume things about others, then are so disappointed why things are not the way they thought. Sometimes this is good, sometimes not so much.
I am glad the author chose not to go the route of complete cliche; it would've made me return the book if she had!
I loved these characters, wanted to give many of them comforting hugs, and then in the next breath tell them to get out of themselves.
Maybe this is why I liked the book so much; the characters made me feel something. Perhaps that was its biggest drawback, as the book didn't really GO anywhere.
A third narrator fr Joseph's portions might have been a good idea as well, but that opinion is my own.
It is one of my favourites. I have recommended it to all my female friends.
I normally do not like separate readers but I really enjoyed the two voices telling the story from two separate point-of-views.
Many...but I do not want to give anything away. Be warned that you will be hungry while reading this book with all the cooking scenes. Luckily the recipes can be found on the author's web-site.
I really did not know much about the motivations and problems of "cutting" before reading this novel.
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