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EBOOK ⚠ Pomegranate Soup ì Beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, in damp and lovely County Mayo, sits the small, sheltered village of Ballinacroagh To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much needed safe haven It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a land of crazed sheep and dizzying roads, they might finally find a homeFrom the kitchen of an old pastry shop on Main Mall, the sisters set about creating a Persian oasis Soon sensuous wafts of cardamom, cinnamon, and saffron float through the streets an exotic aroma that announces the opening of the Babylon Caf , and a shock to a town that generally subsists on boiled cabbage and Guinness served at the local tavern And it is an affront to the senses of Ballinacroagh s uncrowned king, Thomas McGuire After trying to buy the old pastry shop for years and failing, Thomas is enraged to find it occupied and by foreigners, no less But the mysterious, spicy fragrances work their magic on the townsfolk, and soon, business is booming Marjan is thrilled with the demand for her red lentil soup, abgusht stew, and rosewater baklava and with the transformation in her sisters Young Layla finds first love, and even tense, haunted Bahar seems to be less nervous And in the stand up comedian turned priest Father Fergal Mahoney, the gentle, lonely widow Estelle Delmonico, and the headstrong hairdresser Fiona Athey, the sisters find a merry band of supporters against the close minded opposition of less welcoming villagers stuck in their ways But the idyll is soon broken when the past rushes back to threaten the Amnipours once , and the lives they left behind in revolution era Iran bleed into the present Infused with the textures and scents, trials and triumph,s of two distinct cultures, Pomegranate Soup is an infectious novel of magical realism This richly detailed story, highlighted with delicious recipes, is a delectable journey into the heart of Persian cooking and Irish living Fabulous story of Iranian women fleeing the revolution who land in a small Irish town Food figures in it similar to the way it does in Like Water for Chocolate It borders on magical realism Irish Iranian magical realism The moral of the story is that we all must change and move on in our lives the past is always behind us and the future ahead. I hated every second of this pseudo magic realist ouevre The writing is trying so hard to be eloquent and poetic but it s totally Hallmark The writer graduated from the adjective school of writing Yuck Then again it s an easy read if you re in bed with the flu.on the plus side great recipes little glimpse into both Iranian and Irish life. This book was very wonderful for what it was a delicious mixture of food and the personal journeys of three sisters who escape Iran on the eve of the revolution and eventually make their way to Ireland This book pleasantly reminded me of another book about the magic of food from another culture The Mistress of Spices We learn of the sisters experiences in Iran through flashbacks throughout the book, and I really appreciated Mehran s light touch in her descriptions of the sisters painful me This book was very wonderful for what it was a delicious mixture of food and the personal journeys of three sisters who escape Iran on the eve of the revolution and eventually make their way to Ireland This book pleasantly reminded me of another book about the magic of food from another culture The Mistress of Spices We learn of the sisters experiences in Iran through flashbacks throughout the book, and I really appreciated Mehran s light touch in her descriptions of the sisters painful memories In my opinion, too many books are heavy handed and overwhelming with sadness when they flashback to such events Mehran had just the right combination of sadness and facts that made me want to learnabout this terrible time in Iran, but did not frighten me away from the violent history In Ireland, the sumptuous exotic spices of the sisters cooking reinvigorate the aspirations of the townsfolk in Ballinacroagh and bring them together I of course was hungry the entire time reading the book and would love to try some of the recipes that Mehran includes before every chapter A yummy light read that delivered all it promised I am looking forward to discussing it at my book club on Monday and will post any other revelations our discussion brings On a happy note, this might be my most successful book club pick ever thanks Holyn for joining GoodReads so I could read your review This book languished on my TBR for 8 years while I waited for the right time to read it Luckily for me, that time is now, because I really liked it and have now replaced it on my list with its sequel Rosewater and Soda Bread.In a nutshell, 3 Iranian refugee sisters arrive in a small Irish village in the mid 1980s, and open a cafe showcasing Persian cuisine Some villagers are welcoming, others are suspicious, and stillare downright nasty towards the sisters But these young women have sur This book languished on my TBR for 8 years while I waited for the right time to read it Luckily for me, that time is now, because I really liked it and have now replaced it on my list with its sequel Rosewater and Soda Bread.In a nutshell, 3 Iranian refugee sisters arrive in a small Irish village in the mid 1980s, and open a cafe showcasing Persian cuisine Some villagers are welcoming, others are suspicious, and stillare downright nasty towards the sisters But these young women have survived and escaped a revolution in their homeland, so there s not much the Irish villagers could do to them to put them off their dream of a safe and quiet life in the Irish countryside That s not to say that some won t try.Each chapter of this story begins with a recipe, providing a focus if not sometimes also a theme for the chapter I happened to also have a Persian cookbook The Saffron Tales Recipes from the Persian Kitchen on my coffee table while reading this, so lots of comparisons were made Not all the recipes were in my cookbook, but many were, and the illustrations really helped to fire my imagination I m not sure that all of Mehran s recipes would work, but they were often reasonably close to the cookbook One I ve picked out to definitely try is the fesenjoon, or chicken with walnuts and pomegranate, which sounds simply divine.Apart from learning a bit about Persian cuisine, I feel like a know a littlenow about the Iranian Revolution, as the sisters slowly reveal their backstory, mainly by internal reflection memory Some of these scenes were quite harrowing, providing a real contrast to the warmth and friendliness of life in the Babylon Cafe