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The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran

The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran

Author(s): Jennifer Klinec

Location(s): Iran

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Food and Drink

Era(s): Modern



In her thirties, Jennifer Klinec abandons a corporate job to launch a cooking school from her London flat. Raised in Canada to Hungarian-Croatian parents, she has already travelled to countries most people are fearful of, in search of ancient recipes. Her quest leads her to Iran where, hair discreetly covered and eyes modest, she is introduced to a local woman who will teach her the secrets of the Persian kitchen.

Vahid, her son, is suspicious of the strange foreigner who turns up in his mother’s kitchen; he is unused to seeing an independent woman. But a compelling attraction pulls them together and then pits them against harsh Iranian laws and customs.

Getting under the skin of one of the most complex and fascinating nations on earth, The Temporary Bride is a soaring story of being loved, being fed, and the struggle to belong.

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What a plucky woman! Coming from a background of benignly neglectful parents, Jennifer sets out to learn new skills, find new recipes and finally descends in Iran. Compelling.

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