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—Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“A passionate argument for the idea that whether it’s your mother-in-law or a military enemy, meeting over a meal eases differences, and that knowing the world means dining in it.”
“Capped off with a collection of mouthwatering recipes, many from Ciezadlo’s larger-than-life mother-in-law, Day of Honey turns thoughts on food into provocative food for thought.”
“A lucid memoir of life in the war-torn Middle East…. Through immersion in food and cooking, Ciezadlo grounded herself amid widespread instability while gaining special insight into a people forced to endure years of bloody conflict….This ambitious and multilayered book is as much a feast for the mind as for the heart.”
“[A] vividly written memoir . . . Like any successful travelogue writer, [Ciezadlo] fills her pages with luminous, funny, and stirring portraits. But there is also, always, her passion for food, and through it, she parses the many conundrums she faced in her wanderings, such as the struggle to define identity, ethnic and personal, and the challenge of maintaining social continuity in wartime. She does this all in writing that is forthright and evocative, and she reminds us that the best memoirs are kaleidoscopes that blend an author’s life and larger truths to make a sparkling whole.”
—Booklist, starred review
“Annia Ciezadlo’s Day of Honey is a gorgeous, mouthwateringly written book that convincingly demonstrates why, even with bombs going off all over the place, you gotta eat.”
—Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City
“A riveting, insightful and moving story of a spirited people in wartime horror told with affection and humour. Food plays a part in the telling—unraveling layers of culture, history and civilization, revealing codes of behaviour and feelings of identity and making the book a banquet to be savored."
—Claudia Roden, author of The New Book of Middle Eastern Food
“A warm, hilarious, terrifying, thrilling, insanely smart debut book that gets deep inside of you and lets you see the Middle East—and the world—through profoundly humanitarian eyes. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a phenomenal chapter’s worth of recipes. Buy this important book. Now.”
—James Oseland, editor-in-chief, Saveur
"Annia Ciezadlo combines 'mouthwatering' and the Middle East in this beautifully crafted memoir. She adds a new perspective to the region and leavens the stories of lives caught up in the tragedies of war, including her own, with recipes for understanding. She is a gifted writer and a perceptive analyst. Ciezadlo’s portraits are unforgettable."
—Deborah Amos, author of Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East and correspondent for National Public Radio
“It’s been a long time since I have enjoyed any nonfiction as much as I did Annia Ciezadlo’s Day of Honey… Ciezadlo’s determination to know intimately the cuisine of wherever she’s staying lends the book both its organization and richness… Ciezadlo is a splendid narrator, warm and funny… Cooking and eating are everyday comforts, and with any luck, a source of fellowship; Day of Honey was a beautiful reminder that this doesn’t change even in the midst of war.”
This is a beautiful book. An insightful look at the complexities of the religious and political tensions of Iraq and Beirut, interwoven with lush details about the food and the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Angela
An old soldier with all the baggage of regrets and triumphs that an old soldier collects in a misspent life. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Bill Deutermann
I would like to thank Annia for her lovely book “Day of Honey” which I just finished reading. I have to confess that I am one of those Americans whose eyes sort of glaze over when... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Leslie Ann Watson
Well written but can't remember details as read too long ago. However, I do remember each chapter had a recipe and they all sounded good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon
I was lucky to receive the book, 'Day of Honey' as a gift from a close friend a few years ago. I was just recommending books to a coworker and this was at the top of my list! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Liz H.
Its about the wars the writer witnessed, different cultures and interesting insight to societies and food!Published 9 months ago by maram bata
I really enjoyed the book because she met many foreign people in different country and discuss on local foods. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pamela Randol
One of my favorite food memoirs. Annia Ciezaldo writes beautifully, and makes you feel as if you were there with in Lebanon and Iraq, eating homemade stews and mezze platters.Published 12 months ago by Joyti