Donia Bijan

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Donia Bijan graduated from UC Berkeley and Le Cordon Bleu. After presiding over many of San Francisco's acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French-inspired cuisine, in 1994 she opened her own restaurant, L'amie Donia, in Palo Alto. She now divides her days between raising her son, teaching, and writing."

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The Last Days of Café Leila

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The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan
"I orgianlly read this book because I found it at my favorite bookstore, Oxford Exchange and was immediately intrigued by the memo in the dust jacket. I expected this book to be a family drama but as I delved farther into I was pleasantly surprised..." Read more of this review »
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"Moving. Traces the family history around Café Leila with grace. I would gladly have spent many more hours reading about Noor and her family."
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“People stagger, but they pick up a tattered thread and wind it back onto a spool.”
Donia Bijan, Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

“It turns out, I don't need to forget to move on.”
Donia Bijan, Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

“Maybe we don’t really grow up until our parents die, she thought. Maybe her infant memory was forever looking to Zod and Pari to make things better because they always did. Because if our parents didn’t exalt us, we spend our adult lives blaming them—for not doing this, and not doing that, not being “supportive,” not making an appearance at our first recital, being overprotective or aloof, damaging our self-esteem. Yet at our best or worst, who sees everything? Who knows us best? Who waits and waits to see what we yet may be? Then one day they’re gone and it’s just you, and there’s nothing left to squeeze, no one to blame for the dismay over the course your life has taken. Once the tears have stopped, it’s just the here and now and the desire to do better, to be closer to the person you want to be. Noor”
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