BREAKING BREAD WITH WILLIAM SAROYAN
by Janice Stevens, watercolors by Pat Hunter
In Breaking Bread with William Saroyan, Janice Stevens captures the essence of William Saroyan's love for his Armenian culture through excerpts of his written word and carefully selected authentic Armenian recipes. From George Mardikian's recipe book, Dinner at Omar Khayyam's, to the First Armenian Presbyterian Church cookbook, A Hundred Years and Still Cooking, Breaking Bread with William Saroyan offers not only a usable Armenian recipe book, but is a collector book of Armenian history, fine art and Saroyan literary quotes. The book is filled with more than forty Pat Hunter watercolors of fruits and vegetables. as well as landscapes of Armenia and Fresno, California, Saroyan's birthplace. Friends and acquaintances recall breaking bread with Saroyan, and a portrait of Saroyan holding a pomegranate, seems to suggest his approval. This book is a delightful and intimate portrayal of Armenian foods and culture, celebrating the literary great, William Saroyan.