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Pomegranate Soup by [Mehran, Marsha]
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Length: 240 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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An enchanting tale of family, friends and renewal, with a taste of something truly magical. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters Bahar and Layla. In a sleepy Irish town beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick she hopes they might finally find a home. the sisters open the Babylon Cafe right at the heart of Ballinacroagh's Main Mall, sending the spicy, sensuous wafts of traditional Persian cooking to work their magic on the townsfolk. Soon, business is booming and Marjan is thrilled with the demand for her cooking and with the transformation in her sisters - young Layla finds first love, and even tense, haunted Bahar seems less nervous. But then the lives they left behind in Iran begin to bleed into the present and everything the sisters have worked for is under threat... Infused with the textures, scents, trials and triumphs of two cultures, POMEGRANAtE SOUP is a delectable journey, highlighted with delicious recipes, into the heart of Persian cooking and Irish living. 'A novel of great timeliness and charm' - Sydney Morning Herald Continue the story of the Aminpour sisters with Marsha Mehran's second novel ROSEWAtER & SODA BREAD.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: 4th Estate (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B5ECYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A delightful read ... I recommend it highly .. A true in site into another type of refuge story and a deeper understanding of how young Persian women found their feet throughout the revolution without bring to involved with it ... further inspired my cooking and relationship with my sister..
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4.0 out of 5 stars but some of the characters are pretty under developed 5 February 2017
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A charming story, but some of the characters are pretty under developed. I take issue with the author resorting to easy stereotypes for some of the male characters. The sisters are rendered with more care. I enjoyed learning a bit about Iranian cuisine, and now want to visit Ireland to see the Western coast. My friend made the pomegranate soup from the recipe in the novel, and it is delicious.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Fiction 23 July 2015
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Some of the book was hard to believe. The author's style reminded me of Maeve Binchy who always has to have everything come out all right in the end. I found it difficult to believe that a small out of the way Irish town would be so accepting of Iranian strangers following the revolution in Iran. The recipes included sound wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure to Read and Cook 19 August 2014
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I read this book after reading a review of it only this year. I read the library copy. It was a best seller when it came out and I can't remember now what intrigued me about enough to want to read it. Perhaps the fact that it was written by an Iranian woman or something about the Persian cooking or the fact that the protagonists live in Ireland. At any rate, you might even consider it the book version of a chick flick, but this chick book is very very readable by anyone. Well written about interesting things, not the least of which is Persian culture and cooking. Each chapter contains a recipe for a Persian dish at the very end. I can't wait to try some. As for the story, it's a good one, well paced with twists and turns. You root for the sisters and feel well satisfied at the end, just like one of the customers who come to their Babylon Cafe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and aormatic ! 18 June 2016
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Marvelous and very interesting. Well written and one can almost smell the aroma's within the cafe !!
4.0 out of 5 stars Three sisters cook up a new life in Ireland. Good book! 16 March 2013
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Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran is a tale that melds the flavors of Persian food and memories best left forgotten with a quaint and rainy Irish village. Three sisters move to a small Irish town and open the Babylon Café. Town bully, Thomas McGuire, who owns half the village is not happy about the "darkies." They have settled in the building that he's been trying to acquire for years. He wants to open a disco there--a boogie-woogie bully with a dream. Despite his best efforts the café begins to gain customers and the girls begin to develop friendships. Majan is the oldest. There is something about her cooking that in some ways revives patrons' past dreams and aspirations, and keeps them coming back for more. Bahar is the petite, skittish middle sister, and Layla the beautiful young 15-year-old. As they cook away, they stir up old, sometimes harrowing memories of the Iranian Revolution which they escaped in the late 1970s.

The back stories of the three sisters are intriguing. Marsha Mehran brings the townsfolk to life so that you can easily picture each of the different characters. Not only does each chapter begin with a Persian recipe, but her writing is plump with deliciously descriptive sentences. I really liked this book.

I also liked the pomegranate soup, which I made from her recipe in the book. Very tasty! Next up, the elephant ears. Give the book and maybe some of recipes a try.

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