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Diana Abu-Jaber

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Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of Life Without A Recipe, 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 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.



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Diana Abu-Jaber Definitely! We each have an amazing story, the trick is getting it on to paper, expressing it in the most powerful way possible. I think everyone…moreDefinitely! We each have an amazing story, the trick is getting it on to paper, expressing it in the most powerful way possible. I think everyone tells their story in their own unique way-- for some of us it's writing, for others it's cooking, or dancing, or cabinetry, or something else. I do believe we all have a need to be creative.

Thank you for watching. I tend to feel proudest of my most recent work, so I'd suggest my memoir, LIFE WITHOUT A RECIPE. If you do, I hope you'll let me know what you think!(less)
Diana Abu-Jaber I usually have a few different genres going: fiction, memoir, and nutrition, and I swap back and forth between them. I can't wait to dive into…moreI usually have a few different genres going: fiction, memoir, and nutrition, and I swap back and forth between them. I can't wait to dive into Elizabeth Strout's ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE and after that I've got Dr. Mercola's FAT FOR FUEL and Kimberly Rae Miller's COMING CLEAN. I can't wait.(less)
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An MFA gives you guidance and credentials, but students sometimes forget-- a degree won't make you write. Which is the most important thing in the end and the best credential.
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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

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground”
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“...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

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