Tina Jordan
October 06, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Peace Meals

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anna Badkhen
publisher
Free Press
genre
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

”There I sat, in the dimly lit guest room of a tomb raider and vodka smuggler, sidetracked by a turnip,” war correspondent Anna Badkhen writes in this gritty memoir of Afghanistan and Iraq that focuses not on frontline reportage but on behind-the-scenes kindnesses of local families, many of whom shared their hearths, and their bread, with the foreign journalist. In Peace Meals she uses those simple meals as a window, a graceful way to bear witness to the devastation she was covering. But don’t think that her book is about food. It’s about humanity. A?

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