Arab Bread Short Story

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Arabic food seems to be one of the dominant markers of Elmaz Abinader‘s identity during childhood as the theme of food is omnipresent in the first part of the story. The role of the Arabic food is a comforting one because the food makes Abinader forget the problems that her differences cause at school. "The smell was hypnotic and mitigated the melancholy I carried home with my lessons to do that night" (3). She tells that on Wednesday her mother cooks several delicious Arabic specialities such as "triangles of spinach pies, cinnamon rolls, and fruit pies" (2). Furthermore, when the relatives gather at their house, her mother cooks a festive meal for everyone.
Relatives from towns around Pennsylvania and Ohio filled our living room and dining
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Later, in college, when she is ready to expose her Arab background, she invites her friends and cooks Arabic food to introduce them to her Arabic side. Moreover, Abinader refers to the different term that Americans use to denominate the typical Arabic bread. ―[…] as it cools, the bread flattens to what Americans recognize as "pita‘ bread" (2). She also indicates that Arabic bread is the only bread eaten in their house, even when they eat a typical American dish, such as hot dogs. ―Other bread was rarely eaten in our house; even when we put hot dogs on the grill, they were dropped into a half of "cohbs," then covered with ketchup‖ (2). This quote exemplifies how the family mixes the culture of their host country with the traditions of their home …show more content…
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