Star Tribune: Iranian novel melds Wayzata, recipes and culture

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What do kebabs, Wayzata and an Iranian mother-in-law have in common? Catherine Dehdashti, who has written about Persian cooking for Taste, pulls them all together in her novel “Roseheart.” It’s a semi-autobiographical tale of a young woman of European ancestry who falls in love with an Iranian engineer, whose mother soon joins their household. From Dinkytown to Lake Minnetonka, the action takes place in the ’90s in the Twin Cities area (even the Taste section is mentioned), with a significant time spent in the kitchen, as her mealtime goes the way of apple khoresht (stew), basmati rice and baklava. Her novel is available at local independent bookstores and online; the Hennepin and Dakota county library systems carry it. For more info, go to Or see her in person on:

• Oct. 15, reading and book signing, 7 p.m., Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. Free.

• Oct. 17, book signing, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Twin Cities Book Festival, State Fairgrounds, near Cosgrove St. and Randall Av., Falcon Heights. Free. twin-cities-book-festival.

• Oct. 25, reading and book signing, 3 p.m., Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 NE. 2nd St., Mpls. Free.


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