Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sex, Drugs and Couscous

Set against the backdrop of the late 60s and early 70s, Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey offers the riveting true tale of a young woman who heeded the siren’s call to a life of freedom and romance. A first generation Armenian-American, rebellious Nancy Mehagian left the safety and security of suburban life for an unforgettable adventure. She established the first vegetarian restaurant in Ibiza, had an affair with a Bedouin gypsy and enjoyed a stint as a cabaret dancer in Syria. And – through a series of mishaps, she was incarcerated in a London prison (along with her newborn baby) for sixteen months, where even there she managed to pioneer a way of healthy eating.

“A friend once called me the Picasso of the Potato,” says Mehagian, who debuted her memoir at the LA Times Festival of Books this spring.

Food blogger Pauline Adamek writes: “fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love will definitely enjoy this edible odyssey as Mehagian expertly navigates the highs and the lows of an eventful life that is brimming with joy and discovery.”

The breathtaking, sensual and page turning chronicle features over 40 recipes as delectable as the journey itself. “My insatiable curiosity carried me to some of the most remote outposts of the world” says Mehagian. “It carried me into the realm of dreams.”

Nancy Mehagian has been involved with food and healing since 1969, when she opened the first vegetarian restaurant on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she attended USC and graduated with a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.
Since 1978, Nancy has maintained an active Massage Therapy and Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in Los Angeles, has lectured at health conventions, catered for celebrities and taught gourmet cooking classes, creating cuisine that is healthy, international and authentic.

Mehagian’s compelling freshman effort was honored in April 2008 as an award-winning finalist in the heralded USA Book News competition.

Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey is published by Cielo Press and is compliant with Forest Stewardship Council. Printed in Italy, the book is available at sirensfeast.com and amazon.com and through Baker & Taylor (www.btol.com).

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