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Mehagian to sign books at Studio City Farmers’ Market

Posted By Karen Young On July 10, 2009 @ 12:11 am In Literary Corner,My Daily Find | No Comments

judy-proffer110BY JUDITH A. PROFFER

Studio City author Nancy Mehagian has been on a whirlwind book club circuit and personal appearance jaunts since the release last spring of her culinary memoir, Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey.

This weekend she brings her outrageous adventures and delectable recipes home with an appearance at the Studio City Farmers’ Market on Sunday, where she’ll be signing copies of her award-winning book.

“A spicy brew of recipes and adventures,” says Quincy Jones of Mehagian’s Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey. I don’t know whether to eat this book, smoke it or make love to it.”
“A spicy brew of recipes and adventures,” says Quincy Jones of Mehagian’s Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey. I don’t know whether to eat this book, smoke it or make love to it.” (Pictured Nancy Mehagian (l.) and Quincy Jones (r.) )

“A friend once called me the Picasso of the Potato,” says Mehagian, a Phoenix native who has been involved with food and healing since 1969. With a passionate interest in the diets and customs of those who live close to the earth, she has traveled extensively, has lectured at health conventions, has catered for celebrities and taught cooking classes – all the while creating cuisine that is healthy, international and authentic.

The first generation Armenian-American (whose family narrowly survived a genocide) possesses a world view and healthy love of food that had her leaving the security of family during those impressionable late 60s for a journey that found her as a cabaret dancer in Syria, opening the first vegetarian restaurant on the mirthful and sensual island of Ibiza, having an affair with a Bedouin gypsy – and, through a series of mishaps, incarcerated in a London prison for sixteen months with her newborn baby.

And those are just some of the highlights.

Along the way she encounters famous faces, interesting characters and – always – culinary adventures. The book is Eat, Pray, Love on steroids and delivers a breathtaking, mindful and invigorating armchair adventure that sooner or later sends you to the kitchen to give some of its forty recipes a whirl.

“My insatiable curiosity carried me to some of the most remote outposts of the world,” says Mehagian, “and it carried me into the realm of dreams.” Indie Book Awards honored her page-turner as Winner in its Autobiography and Memoir category and a finalist in cover design, while the prestigious USA Book News recognized Siren’s Feast as an Award Finalist.

Her seven year odyssey has also connected with readers. Quincy Jones calls it “A spicy brew of recipes and adventures. I don’t know whether to eat this book, smoke it or make love to it.”

And food critic Pauline Adamek writes: “Mehagian is a gifted author whose vivid, often conspiratorial, prose lightly skips from one exciting escapade to another – keeping you in her pocket as she goes. One minute you are sitting beside her in a fog of hashish as she trips with fellow hippies in Marrakesh, the next minute you are swimming naked in the azure waters of idyllic Ibiza or participating in a group meditation at full moon deep in the Arizonan desert. Mehagian is a talented raconteur who knows how to take her readers on a fascinating journey.”

ood critic Pauline Adamek writes: "Mehagian is a gifted author whose vivid, often conspiratorial, prose lightly skips from one exciting escapade to another - keeping you in her pocket as she goes.
Food critic Pauline Adamek writes: “Mehagian is a gifted author whose vivid, often conspiratorial, prose lightly skips from one exciting escapade to another – keeping you in her pocket as she goes.”

A Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (an ancient Japanese healing art), Mehagian was the massage therapist for the Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over World Tour. Glenn Frey says “Nancy cooks the way the Eagles sing – different ingredients, perfectly blended.” She is currently at work on another culinary memoir, On The Table, chronicling her decades-long career cooking and massaging in Hollywood.                          

But for now, the valley resident looks forward to connecting with neighbors and new readers at the Farmers Market this hot summer week-end, where some of the ingredients called for in her recipes will likely be found in abundance at nearby vendors.  As a matter of fact, her book may inspire readers to create their own version of “summer of love.”

As Woodstock celebrates its 40th anniversary next month, she muses “I think hippies have gotten a bad rap. A lot of what we experimented with – vegetarianism, mediation, yoga, alternative healing – is now accepted as part of our lives.”

Nancy appears at the Studio City Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Her book, which retails for $22, will be available for $15, or two for $20. To learn more or contact the author, visit www.sirensfeast.com

Judith A. Proffer is Vice-Chair of entertainment/media company Meteor 17, where she oversees creative development for film, television & literary projects and charitable initiatives. Co-founder and former Executive Editor of Sun Community Newspapers, she was publisher of LA Weekly and OC Weekly and is currently writing “How to Love Your Dog: A Timeless Compendium of Information and Inspiration” for her Huqua Press.

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