Annia Ciezadlo, a talented writer (and a former editor of mine) has just published her first book, which got a glowing review in yesterday's NYT:
There are many good reasons to read "Day of Honey." It's a carefully researched tour through the history of Middle Eastern food. It's filled with adrenalized scenes from war zones, scenes of narrow escapes and clandestine phone calls and frightening cultural misunderstandings. Ms. Ciezadlo is completely hilarious on the topic of trying to please her demanding new Lebanese in-laws. These things wouldn't matter much, though, if her sentences didn't make such a sensual, smart, wired-up sound on the page. Holding "Day of Honey" I was reminded of the way that, with a book of poems, you can very often flip through it for five minutes and know if you're going to like it; you get something akin to a contact high.
I can't wait to read Annia's book.