When Diana Abu-Jaber was a young girl, a waiter at a Chinese restaurant watched her savoring a meal — discovering radical new tastes and sensations. He observed, "So you come from cooking."
And she does.
Her father is Jordanian-born; her mother American. Abu-Jaber's new book, The Language of Baklava, is a memoir told through food. It explores the larger lessons that food can bring about cultural identity, faith and love.
Following are a few recipes from The Language of Baklava: