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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 tell…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 Elizabe…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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Notes on Writing

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”
Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent

“...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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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”
Jorge Luis Borges

“Who am I?" she snaps. "I am America, Israel, England! What am I doing?" She waits another long moment, her eyes shining. "I'm shutting up and listening." She draws the last word out so it hisses through the air. "I am the presidents, the kings, the prime ministers, the highs and the mighties—L-I-S-T-E-N!" She spells the word in the air. "The woman who made the baklava has something to say to you! Voilà! You see? Now what am I doing?" She picks up an imaginary plate, lifts something from it, and takes an invisible bite. Then she closes her eyes and says, "Mmm... That is such delicious Arabic-Jordanian-Lebanese-Palestinian baklawa. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Please will you come to our home now and have some of our food?" She puts down the plate and brushes imaginary crumbs from her fingers. "So now what did I just do?
"You ate some baklawa?"
She curls her hand as if making a point so essential, it can be held only in the tips of the fingers. "I looked, I tasted, I spoke kindly and truthfully. I invited. You know what else? I keep doing it. I don't stop if it doesn't work on the first or the second or the third try. And like that!" She snaps the apron from the chair into the air, leaving a poof of flour like a wish. "There is your peace.”
Diana Abu-Jaber, The Language of Baklava: A Memoir




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