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Author Abdelnour, Salma.

Title Jasmine and fire : a bittersweet year in Beirut / Salma Abdelnour
Edition First edition
Published Sydney : HarperCollins Publishers, 2012


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Description 328 pages ; 24 cm
Summary 'In a way, food has always been my road home. The Beirut scenes I remember most vividly from childhood are of hanging out for hours over fragrant platters of juicy chargrilled meats and just-caught seafood, piping-hot loaves of fresh pita, and pistachio-topped pastries oozing with cream and honey and orange-blossom syrup...' Salma Abdelnour was just nine years old when, in July 1981, as bombs exploded around them, she and her family fled the bloody civil war in Lebanon for a quiet, safe new life in surburban America. Now, thirty years later, she returns to the place where she hopes to never feel like a stranger. In Jasmine and Fire, Abdelnour shares her intimate journey of rediscovery as she explores today's Beirut, one of the world's most hauntingly beautiful, dynamic and troubled cities, and of witnessing up close a year of dramatic changes in the Middle East and the rise of the Arab Spring. Against a backdrop of turmoil and uncertainty, she takes comfort in some of Beirut's enduring traditions, especially its legendary love of food. Through rediscovering the favourite dishes of her childhood, she slowly begins to find her way home and a new sense of belonging. Like the best Lebanese meal, this unforgettable love letter to a fascinating city full of beauty, tragedy and hope will leave you wanting more
Subject Abdelnour, Salma -- Homes and haunts -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Abdelnour, Salma.
Food -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Lebanese Americans -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Biography.
Lebanese Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Lebanese Americans -- New York (N.Y.) (State) -- New York -- New York (State) -- Biography
Moving, Household.
SUBJECT Beirut (Lebanon) -- Biography.
Beirut (Lebanon) -- Description and travel.
Beirut (Lebanon) -- Social life and customs.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
LC no. 2011050266
ISBN 9780732295721 (paperback)