Or Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes as it is called in North America. I bought this book when I was living in Cairo, and I adored it even though it is sad in parts. It is about little French Colette growing up in Egypt during the second World War and her very special family. Colette likes to hang out with the cook in the large mansion she lives in, and that is where the recipes come into the picture. It is a small book, but it is beautifully written and it gives an interesting picture of life among Europeans in Cairo back in the day. There was such a special atmosphere in the book that I haven’t really dared re-reading it. I truly think that it is well written, but perhaps the magic feeling I felt stemmed from the fact that I was living in Cairo myself at the time of reading?
This book is perfect for the Women Unbound Reading Challenge by the way, since it is a female writer’s memoir and since it takes up issues such as mother-daughter relationships.
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