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Donia Bijan - Movable Type Management. San Francisco, CA, US

Donia Bijan Donia Bijan

Author and Chef | Movable Type Management

San Francisco, CA, UNITED STATES

Bring Extra Napkins! Food can tell the most wonderful stories with celebrated chef & author of the memoir, Maman’s Homesick Pie

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Biography

Donia Bijan is a San Francisco Bay Area chef who left Iran in 1978 when her parents’ lives were threatened by the Islamic Revolution. Fearing for her mother’s safety, an outspoken women’s rights advocate and former member of parliament, her family settled in the Bay Area and was advised not to return to Iran.

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1984, Donia went to Paris to attend the Cordon Bleu. Determined to pursue a culinary career, she secured apprenticeships in France’s three star kitchens before returning to San Francisco to preside over many of the city’s acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French inspired cuisine. In 1994 she realized her dream of opening of her own restaurant, L’Amie Donia, a celebrated French bistro in Palo Alto, California.

Since closing her restaurant in 2004, Ms. Bijan has divided her days between raising her son, catering, and writing a memoir where she reimagines her passion for cooking as a vessel to travel back and forth between the kitchens of her childhood and the formal kitchens of her training, illuminating the experience of exile, and drawing from her Persian, French, and American pantry to thread ties between cultures.

Industry Expertise (3)

Food and Beverages Women Restaurant/Food Service

Areas of Expertise (4)

Food Writing Food Memoirs Cooking Food and Dining

Accomplishments (1)

Author – Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen (professional)

2011-10-11

For Donia Bijan’s family, food has been the language they use to tell their stories and to communicate their love. Now, through the prism of food, award-winning chef Donia Bijan unwinds her own story, finding that at the heart of it all is her mother, whose love and support enabled Bijan to realize her dreams. An exhilarating, heartfelt memoir, Maman’s Homesick Pie evokes a vibrant kaleidoscope of cultures and cuisines, and is also a reminder of the women who encourage us to shine.

Event Appearances (12)

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Schuler Books & Music Author Series  Lansing, Michigan

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Menlo Park Council Reading Series  Menlo Park, California

2012-05-06

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Redwood City Library Author Series  Redwood City, California

2012-03-22

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Third Annual Palo Alto AAUW Authors’ Luncheon  Mountain View, California

2012-04-07

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Stanford Women's Group Speaker Series  Palo Alto, California

2012-04-12

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

San Mateo Library Author Series  San Mateo, California

2012-05-20

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Watermark Books & Cafe Author Series  Wichita, Kansas

2011-10-21

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Bookshop Santa Cruz Author Series  Santa Cruz, California

2011-10-24

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

An Evening with Donia Bijan at Peninsula Parlour  Palo Alto, California

2012-02-07

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Book Lovers Author Hour at Lake Villa District Library  Lake Villa, Illinois

2011-10-20

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

The Book Stall Author Series  Winnetka, Illinois

2011-10-17

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

Highland Park Library Reading Series  Highland Park, Illinois

2011-10-18

Sample Talks (1)

Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen

In the Bijan family, food is the language used to tell stories. Donia Bijan’s story starts during the Iranian Revolution of the 1970s, when her family was forced to flee their home in Tehran. Cut off from everything and everyone they’d ever known, they began building a new life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The book is a loving memoir of her mother, but also the story of her own career growth from the Cordon Bleu in Paris through culinary work in the United States and in France.

Availability

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*Will consider certain engagements for no fee
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