primarily against the backdrop of the turbulent Sixties and early
Seventies, Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey, tells
the tale of a rebellious daughter who foregoes the safety and security
of suburban American life and sets off on an adventure that leads
her to some of the remote outposts of the world. As a first generation
Armenian-American, whose family narrowly survived a genocide, the
constant that remains with her is a passion for food and cooking-the
remembered flavors of home, tradition and lives long forgotten.
During her seven year odyssey, she encounters mystery and magic
in Morocco, has a romantic idyll on the Emerald Coast of Sardinia,
establishes the first vegetarian restaurant on the island of Ibiza
in Spain (today the party capital of the world), journeys to the
East in search of love and enlightenment in the Himalayas and, during
a stint as a cabaret dancer in Aleppo, Syria, falls in love with
a Bedouin gypsy, resulting in the birth of a daughter. A series
of mishaps leads to her sixteen-month incarceration, along with
her baby, in an infamous London prison, where she manages, even
there, to pioneer a new and healthy way of eating.
The journey comes full circle when she returns home and finds her
true purpose and meaningful work through an enigmatic teacher of
an ancient healing art and comes to understand the value of family,
friends and true spiritual nourishment.
Siren's Feast contains over 40 mouth-watering recipes, representing
well-tested originals as well as old family recipes.