An exquisitely gifted cook at Cafe Nadia, where homesick Middle Eastern
ex-pats gather to drink coffee and savor her perfectly spiced food,
Sirine is loved by all. She has never been in love herself when she
meets exiled professor Hanif Al Eyad through her uncle's matchmaking,
but it is the scents, flavors, and textures of Sirine's cooking that
advance their relationship.
This writing lingers in all my senses many years after I finished this
book. "...love, lust, and Lebanese cooking commingle to create a
deliciously romantic romp about l'amour and the quest for identity." - VANITY FAIR
Sirine, the heroine of this "deliciously romantic romp" (Vanity Fair) is thirty-nine, never married, and living in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles. She has a passion for cooking and works contentedly in a Lebanese restaurant, while her storytelling uncle and her saucy boss, Umm Nadia, believe she should be trying harder to find a husband. One day Hanif, a handsome professor of Arabic literature, an Iraqi exile, comes to the restaurant. Sirine falls in love and finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about Hanif, as well as her own torn identity as an Arab-American.