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Wavelength

Wavelength N A O M I S H I H A B N Y E My father didn't really cook much. But he wrote an endearing cookbook, A Taste of Palestine, that sold out four printings, and a year and a half after his death, my friend finds one of his last grocery lists in a red coat I'm giving away. Does this belong to anyone? She waves it. Tomatoes, fresh, Tomato Sauce ... His spare, classy penmanship--more printing than cursives--sears me. The frills and flourishes of his first written language, Arabic, may be evident in the o's and l 's of "olive oil"--but the little white paper, folded once in half, says, I am an organized American. All hell is breaking loose in the world and in my body, but I will go to the store, buy two kinds of tomatoes and green peppers and those little baby carrots someone invented, and stir up something tasty that gives me hope again. I must have driven him. That's why the list was in my pocket. I'm touched by the side-note about the shrimp in the stew he grew so fond of at the end--steam, put on ice--which I misread http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Wavelength

Manoa , Volume 23 (2) – Mar 16, 2011

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Abstract

N A O M I S H I H A B N Y E My father didn't really cook much. But he wrote an endearing cookbook, A Taste of Palestine, that sold out four printings, and a year and a half after his death, my friend finds one of his last grocery lists in a red coat I'm giving away. Does this belong to anyone? She waves it. Tomatoes, fresh, Tomato Sauce ... His spare, classy penmanship--more printing than cursives--sears me. The frills and flourishes of his first written language, Arabic, may be evident in the o's and l 's of "olive oil"--but the little white paper, folded once in half, says, I am an organized American. All hell is breaking loose in the world and in my body, but I will go to the store, buy two kinds of tomatoes and green peppers and those little baby carrots someone invented, and stir up something tasty that gives me hope again. I must have driven him. That's why the list was in my pocket. I'm touched by the side-note about the shrimp in the stew he grew so fond of at the end--steam, put on ice--which I misread

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Published: Mar 16, 2011

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