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Cover Story - July 11, 2008

Baghdad to Bombay to Bay Area

New book offers a kitchen-table trip to a rich past

by Janet Silver Ghent

While growing up in Queens, I was fascinated by the stories of the Sofaers across the street. The family came from India, but their roots were in Baghdad. They were Jewish, but not of the Eastern European variety that defined the neighborhood. What's more, the parents spoke several varieties of Arabic, as well as Hindi, Farsi, Marathi and English.

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Posted by helen sofaer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2008 at 9:44 am

pearl, as she always has, continues to delight, inspire and guide our family. (worldwide!) this review captures her strengths and talents beautifully.

helen sofaer

Posted by Lisa Orton, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jul 12, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Congratulations Pearl. What a marvelous tribute.

Posted by Mary Gibbons, a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm

This is a wonderful piece about a wonderful book. "Baghdad to Bombay" presents world history in the context of personal history, reflected in the flavors of wonderful recipes.

Posted by Connie Segal, a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:24 am

When I was young I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in Pearls' house with her kids. It was always fun to be there and I remember the delicious food that came out of Pearls kitchen. One summer she was roasting cashews smothered in paprika. The smell permeated the house. I can almost taste them now. Even coming to her table as an adult my taste buds are always delighted. The love and creativity, song and art that comes from her home is something to cherish.

Posted by Sami Shlimon, a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:46 pm

I just like to say is a Big Lost to Iraq today that there isnt more jewish in Iraq today maybe just few, as for my self I would like to say to Pearl Sofaer G*D bless you and I would to tell her Iam Assyrian from Baghdad, Iraq and with depp regreats I hope you find in your heart to forgive Assyrians People today and for the past History, and also I would like to you Iam converting to Judiasim you may ask why Iam doing that? first I would like to tell you that I have many Jewish friends and I have many Rabbies and I was given Borhka" Blessing" with No discrimination I never felt more alive and Happy in my life is been several years that I only mix with Jewish community and I was more happy when I met Iraqi Jewish in Chicago, G*D as soon Iam done with my medical treatment I will forefil my promise to G*D and travel to Israel and pry by Kotel as I promise To G*D for a week and then talk to Rabbie and Convert to Judiasim, I glad and Happy that I found your book G*D I will read every page of It. Thank you and G*D Bless Ms. Pearl Sofaer.

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