Enthusiastic Convert

One quality I cherish about book lovers and writers is their enthusiasm — talk about contagion! Just today, a perfect example dropped into my lap, proverbially speaking! After a wonderful weekly meditation group I attend, my beloved dharma teacher Eileen asked a few members of our group if we had ever read a book called, Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir. None of us had.

Eileen brought out the book and began talking about how much she loved it: the writing was beautiful, the stories were heart-warming, the recipes were mouth-watering, and the sense of place and tradition reminded her of wonderful meals she’d shared in the past.

After such a rave review, how could I not find out more? A quick Web search turned up more glowing reader comments. A few to whet your appetite:

“I stumbled across this book and have found it to be the best “cookbook” I’ve ever read. The stories are so moving on not only a personal, but historical and political level. Because of this book, I am re-examining my links to my foremothers via the kitchen. A must read!”

“Ok, so I’m like a Hawaiian/Chinese guy living in San Francisco who picks this book up and finds it to be the first in a long time that moves him to tears.”

“Reading Miriam’s Kitchen was a delight. Often I found myself crying with joy over memories that resonated with me. If you’re not familiar with this kind of background, why not find about it – this is what life is all about!”

That last reviewer hit the nail on the head: This is what life’s all about — and books, too! — to explore, to enter new worlds, to gain a glimpse of other lives. And what author wouldn’t be in seventh heaven to learn that readers were crying for joy and moved to tears by their words? Am I going to find a copy of Miriam’s Kitchen? You can bet on it! Thanks, Eileen.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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