• Trois jeunes soeurs ayant fui l'Iran au moment de la révolution trouvent refuge dans une petite ville d'Irlande. Elles y ouvrent le Babylon Café et bientôt les effluves ensorcelants de la cardamome, des amandes grillées et du miel chaud bouleversent la tranquillité de Ballinacroagh. Car la cuisine persane des trois soeurs fait germer d'étranges graines chez ceux qui la goûtent. Les délicieux rouleaux de dolmas à l'aneth et les bakhavas fondant sous la langue font fleurir leurs rêves et leur donnent envie de changer leur vie.

    Marsha Mehran s'est inspirée de sa propre histoire pour écrire ce roman chaleureux et sensuel où la cuisine joue le plus beau rôle. Et pour que chacun puisse expérimenter la magie de la cuisine persane, une recette accompagne chaque chapitre du livre.

    Marsha Mehran est née à Téhéran en 1977, à la veille de la révolution iranienne, qu'elle a fuie avec sa famille qui s'installe en Argentine, puis aux Etats-Unis et en Australie. Emigrée en Irlande avec son mari, elle a 27 ans lorsque paraît La Soupe à la grenade, qui connaît un succès immédiat. Le roman est traduit en 15 langues et publié dans 20 pays. Suivront Rosewater and Soda Bread et The Saturday Night School of Beauty, avant qu'elle décède en 2014 dans des circonstances mystérieuses.

  • "Mehran's novel delights the senses on every page. The story pulses with life as three Iranian sisters struggle to make sense of matters of the heart and the spirit."
    -Elizabeth Cox, author of The Slow Moon
    More than a year has passed since Marjan, Bahar, and Layla, the beautiful Iranian Aminpour sisters, sought refuge in the quaint Irish town of Ballinacroagh. Opening the beguiling Babylon Café, they charmed the locals with their warm hearts and delectable Persian cuisine, bringing a saffron-scented spice to the once-sleepy village.
    But when a young woman with a dark secret literally washes up on Clew Bay Beach, the sisters' world is once again turned upside down. With pale skin and webbed hands, the girl is otherworldly, but her wounds tell a more earthly (and graver) story-one that sends the strict Catholic town into an uproar. The Aminpours rally around the newcomer, but each sister must also contend with her own transformation-Marjan tests her feelings for love with a dashing writer, Bahar takes on a new spiritual commitment with the help of Father Mahoney, and Layla matures into a young woman when she and her boyfriend, Malachy, step up their hot and heavy relationship.
    Filled with mouthwatering recipes and enchanting details of life in Ireland, Rosewater and Soda Bread is infused with a lyrical warmth that radiates from the Aminpour family and their big-hearted Italian landlady, Estelle, to the whole of Ballinacroagh-and the world beyond.
    Praise for Marsha Mehran's Pomegranate Soup
    "A mouthwatering tale with flavors of Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun . . . sinfully sweet and satisfying."
    -Orlando Sentinel
    "Glorious, daring, and delightful, filled with humor, hope, and possibility."
    -Adriana Trigiani, author of the Big Stone Gap novels
    "An enchanting tale of love, family, and renewal."
    -Firoozeh Dumas, author of Laughing Without an Accent
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • For the inhabitants of the damp little Irish town of Ballinacroagh, the repertoire of gastronomic delights has never extended farther than the limp meals of the local inn's carvery. But things are about to change when the beautiful Aminpour sisters -- Marjan, Bahar and Layla -- arrive, determined to share the magic of their kitchen with the friendly locals.Opening Babylon Café, right in the heart of town, they begin serving up traditional Persian dishes and soon the townsfolk is lured to the new premises by the tantalizing aroma of fresh herb kuku, lamb abgusht and elephant ear fritters, washed down with gallons of jasmine tea from the old samovar. Not everyone welcomes the three women with open arms, though. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, as they say, and the women of Ballinacroagh want their men back ...Filled with recipes, mouth-watering fragrances and mysterious spices, Pomegranate Soup is a heart-warming tale of romance, friendship and exotic food.