Diana Abu-Jaber





Diana Abu-Jaber

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Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of Origin, Crescent, Arabian Jazz, and The Language of Baklava. Her writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Ms., Salon, Vogue, Gourmet, the New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. She divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.




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Crescent
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,656 ratings — published 2003 — 14 editions
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The Language of Baklava: A ...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,226 ratings — published 2005 — 7 editions
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Birds of Paradise
3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 1,151 ratings — published 2011 — 9 editions
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Origin
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 884 ratings — published 2007 — 10 editions
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Arabian Jazz
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 352 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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“Marry, don't marry,' Auntie Aya says as we unfold layers of dough to make an apple strudel.

Just don't have your babies unless it's absolutely necessary.'

How do I know if it's necessary?'

She stops and stares ahead, her hands gloved in flour. 'Ask yourself, Do I want a baby or do I want to make a cake? The answer will come to you like bells ringing.' She flickers her fingers in the air by her ear. 'For me, almost always, the answer was cake.”
Diana Abu-Jaber, The Language of Baklava: A Memoir

“...tasting a piece of bread that someone bought is like looking at that person, but tasting a piece of bread that they baked is like looking out of their eyes.”
Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground”
Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent

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