Verdict: A wonderful memoir, Siren's Feast contains over 40 mouth-watering recipes, representing well-tested originals as well as old family recipes.
Set primarily against the backdrop of the turbulent Sixties and early Seventies, Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey, is a memoir. In it Nancy Mehagian tells the tale of a rebellious daughter who foregoes the safety and security of suburban American life and sets off on an adventure that leads her to some of the remote outposts of the world.
As a first generation Armenian-American, whose family narrowly survived a genocide, the constant that remains with Mehagian is a passion for food and cooking-the remembered flavors of home, tradition and lives long forgotten.
During her seven year odyssey, Mehagian encounters mystery and magic in Morocco, has a romantic idyll on the Emerald Coast of Sardinia, establishes the first vegetarian restaurant on the island of Ibiza in Spain (today the party capital of the world), journeys to the East in search of love and enlightenment in the Himalayas and, during a stint as a cabaret dancer in Aleppo, Syria, falls in love with a Bedouin gypsy, resulting in the birth of a daughter.
A series of mishaps leads Mehagian to a sixteen-month incarceration, along with her baby, in an infamous London prison, where she manages, even there, to pioneer a new and healthy way of eating.
The journey comes full circle when Mehagian returns home and finds her true purpose and meaningful work through an enigmatic teacher of an ancient healing art and comes to understand the value of family, friends and true spiritual nourishment.
Siren’s Feast contains over 40 mouth-watering recipes, representing well-tested originals as well as old family recipes.
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Reviewed by IR Staff