Author(s): Colette Rossant
In 1937, five-year-old Colette Rossant arrived in Cairo from Paris with her Egyptian Jewish father and beautiful French mother. When her father dies Colette's flighty mother abandons the little girl to her wealthy grandparents. She soon settles into their luxuriant, food centred lifestyle; spending afternoons in the spice filled kitchen; accompanying her grandmother to the bazaar; and feasting on the delicious food. At fifteen Colette returns to Paris with her mother, never to see her grandparents again, and only to set foot back in Egypt thirty years later. In this charming, funny, and moving memoir she evokes an Egypt lost, to her and to us, for ever. Accompanied by recipes that will tempt you to the kitchen, this is a captivating account of a magical childhood.
'A lovely little book' Nigella Lawson 'A sensuous evocation of a luxurious world' DAILY MAIL 'An enchanting and evocative memoir of her childhood, growing up in Cairo in the glory days of the Forties' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
Shortlisted for Thomas Cook Travel Book Award 2002.
Colette Rossant is a James Beard nominated food writer and is a columnist for the DAILY NEWS. She lives in New York with her husband.