It has been seven ears since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her ounger sisters Bahar and Layla. In sleepy Irish town beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick she hopes they might finally ge a home. The sisters open The Babylon Café right at the heart of Ballinacroagh 's Main Mall, sending the spicy, sensuous wafts of traditional Persian cooking to work their magic on the ownsfolk. Soon, business is booming and Marjan is thrilled with the demand for her cooking and with thi transformation in her sisters- young Layla finds first love, and even tense, haunted Bahar seems less nervous. But once 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.' Th boo of great timeliness and charm'- Sydney Morning Herald Continue the story of the Aminpour sisters with Marsha Mehran 's second novel ROSEWATER& amp; SODA BREAD.
Set in fictiona illage of Ballinacroagh of County Mayo in western Ireland, the ook close with three sisters working feverishly as they count down the inutes to the closin of their new café – the Babylon Café.
But Iranians settling in the tow of Ballinacroagh is not an everyday occurrence; people are curious – the aromas emanating from the Babylon Café are different, tantalizing, strange.
A autobiography as very wonderful for what it was -- a delicious ixture of food and the personal journe of three sisters who escape Iran on the eve of the revolution and eventually make their way to Ireland.
We learn of the sisters' experiences in Iran through flashbacks throughout he novel, and I eally appreciated Mehran 's light touch in her descriptions of the sisters' painful memories.
uckily for me, hat time is now, because I quite felt it and have now replaced it on my list with its sequel Rosewater and Soda Bread.In a nutshell, 3 Iranian refugee sisters arrive in a small Irish village in the mid-1980s, and open a cafe showcasing Persian cuisine.
One I 've icked out to definitely try is the fesenjoon, or chicken with walnuts and pomegranate, which sounds simply divine.Apart from learning a bit about Persian cuisine, I felt like a know a little more now about the Iranian Revolution, as the sisters slowly reveal their backstory, mainly by internal reflection/memory.
Marsha Mehran escaped the upheaval of the Iranian revolution with her family. She grew up in the United States, Australia and Argentina, where her parents operated a Middle Eastern café. She lived in both Brooklyn and Ireland.