Poetry at the Post: Bourbon & Spring Rolls & Refugee Stories

From Mimesis
BY FADY JOUDAH
She said that’s how others Become refugees isn’t it?

aimee1 May 27, 2015
Austin, TX
4:30 am:
Off to catch a flight for Louisville, KY. 
  Spalding MFA Homecoming. A few days of writerly events, visits with fellow alums & bourbon!  

Urban Bourbon Trail with Spalding alums, Slay at Hyatt Regency, Louisville, KY
Urban Bourbon Trail with Spalding alums,
Slay at Hyatt Regency, Louisville, KY

Reflecting back
food fragment
Louisville is more than the epicenter for bourbon and the “Hot Brown” but also a bit of a foodie destination. (I’m not the first to have made that discovery. In 2014, Saveur magazine credited Louisville as “Notable” in the Best Culinary Destination category for cities with populations under 800,000.)
In fact, during my visit, food (and, bourbon, of course) began to take up more and mental real estate.
mujadarah at Safier Mediterranean Deli, black pepper chèvre & green tomato jam at Harvest, lobster mac and cheese at  Brown Hotel lobby bar..
One of the writerly highlights of the week was meeting Aimee Zaring, fellow alum and author of Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods.

Aimee Zaring, author of Flavors from Home
Aimee Zaring, author of Flavors from Home

Flavors from Home is a story board of refugee experiences laced with recipes tried and tested by Aimee.
“In Flavors from Home, Aimee Zaring has crafted not just a book of delicious recipes, but a beautiful meditation on exile, place, and cultural identity. The moving stories of these cooks and their recipes are a feast for the spirit.”―Jason Howard, author of A Few Honest Words.

Coco Tran in her Roots & Soy Kitchen  photo from Flavors from Home
Coco Tran in her Roots & Soy Kitchen
photo from Flavors from Home

23 refugees, 42 recipes and 13 countries—from Bhutan to Cuba and Rwanda to Iran. This is a not-to-be-missed read-not only for Aimee’s insights into the realities of the refugee experience but also for the opportunity to escape the rut of the same-ole-same-ole dishes every week and try something new. I know I need to do that—maybe replace that tired pasta dish with…hmmm…spring rolls, anyone?

Coco's Spring Rolls photo from Flavors from Home
Coco’s Spring Rolls
photo from Flavors from Home

If  you happen to find yourself in Kentucky over the next couple of months, you can find Aimee at the following events:

Fri., August 21: Homegrown Art, Music, and Spoken Word Show, Cedar Grove Coffee House, Shepherdsville, KY. Reading and Book Sales/Signing. 6-8 p.m.

Sat-Mon, Sept. 5th-7th: WorldFest on the Belvedere (in Global Village appearing with Global Commons booth) Lou, KY.

Sat., Sept. 12: St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, Louisville. Reading and Book Sales/Signing. Featured refugee guests and ethnic food samples. Donations

welcome. 7:00-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 17: Catholic Charities Annual Fundraiser “Celebration of Spirit and Success,” Crown Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville. Book Sales and Signing, 6-9 p.m.

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