As Beirut exploded with the bombs and violence of a ruthless civil war in the a80s, a nine-year-old Salma Abdelnour and her family fled Lebanon to start a new life in the States. Ever since thena even as she built a thriving career as a food and travel writer in New York CityaSalma has had a hunch that Beirut was still her home. She kept dreaming of moving backaand finally decided to do it. But could she resume her life in Beirut, so many years after her family moved away? Could she, or anyone for that matter, ever really go home again? Jasmine and Fire is Salmaas poignant and humorous journey of try-ing to resettle in Beirut and fumbling through the new realities of life in one of the worldas most complex, legendary, ever-vibrant, ever- troubled cities. Whatas more, in a year of roiling changes around the Middle East and the rise of the Arab Spring, Salma found herself in the midst of the turmoil, experiencing it all up close. As she comes to grips with all the changes in her lifeaa love left behind in New York and new relationships blossoming in BeirutaSalma takes comfort in some of Lebanonas enduring traditions, particularly its extraordinary food culture. Through the sights, sounds, and flavors of a city full of beauty, tragedy, despair, and hope, Salma slowly begins to reconnect with the place sheas longed for her entire life.For my small gathering, Ia#39;m going to make fattoush salad and some meze dishes like baba ghanoush, hummus, and ... an excellent shawarma sandwich with my cousin Soumaya back in August; later I went back alone to try their shish taoukanbsp;...
|Title||:||Jasmine and Fire|
|Publisher||:||Broadway Books - 2012-06-05|