Memoir blends food, culture
Author: Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: May 15, 2005

The Language of BaklavaDiana Abu-Jaber’s new memoir, The Language of Baklava (Pantheon, 2005), comes packed not just with stories of the author, an associate professor of writing at PSU, but with recipes that recall her Arab-American heritage and childhood in upstate New York and Jordan. The memoir follows two acclaimed novels, Crescent (2003) and Arabian Jazz (1994).

Reviews have been positive and plentiful, from Entertainment Weekly and O, to The Oregonian and The Seattle Times. Recently, Abu-Jaber has been interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program and profiled in the Miami Herald, Real Simple, and by the Associated Press. She teaches courses on fiction and memoir writing in PSU’s Department of English. For more information, visit