Victoria, eighty and recently bereaved, is lonely and needs to find a way to reconnect with the world. When she starts teaching cooking classes she doesn’t expect Lorca, a troubled teenager, to be her first pupil. Lorca is desperate to find a way into her mother’s affections and as a last attempt decides to track down the recipe for her ideal meal, an obscure Middle Eastern dish called masgouf.
As Lorca and Victoria form an unexpected bond over almond and pistachio cookies and baklava, they begin to suspect they are connected in more ways than just their love of food.
Publisher: Windmill Books, January 2014
Reviewer: Jen Kendell
I found this to be a very moving story spanning three generations. It was delicately told with a good understanding of the deep issues relating to each character. I really enjoyed this book – a good page turner!
Jessica Soffer is a young author and this is her debut novel. For one so young, I was very impressed by the way it was written and look forward to reading more from her.