The Dog Doesn’t Die

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Does the Dog Die? A Short Review of The Language of Baklava, by Diana Abu-Jaber

The daughter of an American mother and a Jordanian immigrant, Diana Abu-Jaber writes movingly about the joys and frustrations of growing up as the eldest of three daughters. There are hardly any reverences to animals, but there is one horrifying scene that animal lovers will want to skip. Fortunately, it’s brief and really adds nothing to the overall story, so you miss nothing by avoiding the entire anecdote. Therefore, I am declaring the book Safe, but ONLY if you skip pages 12-19. That will keep you from reading anything about the bad incident. If you don’t want to skip that much, at least avoid pages 16-19. If you do that, I will recommend this book.

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February 25, 2008 - Posted by | Book Reviews, recipes | , , ,

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  1. This is one of those memoirs with recipes embedded. Abu-Jaber makes the food sound beyond wonderful, but Middle Eastern food does nothing for me. I don’t know why that is, but I usually find it boring. Sorry. Nonetheless, I did flag a recipe for rice that her father made whenever company appeared, and a baklava recipe that her aunt made.

    There have been a couple of comments in the previous post on the general concept of cooking for one. When I was 26 and living in San Francisco, I didn’t cook very much or very well — but then I ended up in an apartment in which the kitchen was the largest room, and the nicest one as well. I moved my TV, rocking chair, pole lamp, and dining room table into that kitchen and immediately began taking cooking classes, along with the occasional wine-tasting class.

    Here’s a baklava recipe I tackled during that time:

    It’s messy and time-consuming and totally worth it.

    Comment by esheley | February 25, 2008 | Reply

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