Marjane Satrapi’s Chicken with Plums

What do you get the guy or girl that has Iranian illustrator/graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi’s first three autobiographical graphic novels? Why, the fourth one, of course. Chicken with Plums tells the tragic tale of Nasser Ali Khan, Satrapi’s great-uncle who died of a broken heart over his broken tar and an old lost love. It’s a quick read that I finished in one sitting at a cozy bookstore, but I wouldn’t mind adding it to the Satrapi collection on my shelf. She’s also a fantastic speaker (I saw her at UCLA last year or so) and her first book is being made into a full-length animated feature. You can buy the latest book at this online Iranian book store. And if you’re interested in cooking authentic chicken with plums, aka khoreshteh aloo, check out this recipe.

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