A Day of Honey is a luminous portrait of life in the Middle East, Day of Honey weaves history, cuisine, and firsthand reporting into a fearless, intimate exploration of everyday survival.
I received the book Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo and couldn't put it down. This is a definite "don't judge a book by it's cover" kind of book. Although politics are a major part of the storyline, it is not a political story. It is a love story.
What makes this love story so special is that it isn't only between a man and a woman. It is a love story about family, home, tradition, and food. Yes, food. We are finally given a reason to indulge our love of food.
The author draws you into her story of compassion for the everyday lives of people who are thrust into violent circumstances. But this isn't a story about war. It is about life. The story is how these people live their daily lives. At the center of these lives is food. The joy in preparing, the joy of eating, the joy of sharing, and the simple joy of having.
I enjoyed Ciezadlo's sense of humor. She kept light of some very intense situations. She describes the meals with such vivid images, that you can imagine the rich aroma of the middle eastern cuisine. As if being a fascinating book wasn't good enough, Ciezaldo invites the reader to continually share her story by including several recipes at the end of the book. This reader is excited to prepare some of these feasts.
I give this book 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers to review. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.