Maman's Homesick Pie

Chef Donia Bijan, whose family fled from Iran during the Islamic revolution and settled in San Francisco in 1978, mixes memoir and recipes in perfect proportion as she tells her family's history, from her parents' struggle to acclimate to their new country to her own culinary awakening and accomplishments. Sweet, warm, and full of flavor.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…