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works of Farideh

Authorship and Contributorship


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food & memory

A Blog for Your Stories and Recipes


My memoirs, Wedding Song and Leaving Iran, chronicle my life and those of my family members in Iran. Food is an integral part of these stories.


Whenever I read from my memoirs, people from the audience approached me to say they had stories of their own, often flavored by their favorite food. If they could write, they, too, would tell these stories of family members and friends in the kitchen or around the dining table. 


Thus the idea was born. I could write these stories for them through this blog. 


This website showcases food memories and recipes written by many. 

Leaving iran:

Between Migration and Exile

Leaving Iran by Farideh Goldin
wedding song

Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

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 Conversations, reconstructed and

imagined, with my Iranian father

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Overcoming Gender:

The Impact of the Persian Language on Iranian Women’s Confessional Literature 

Blood lines
Today I am a Woman

Today I am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World

The Ghosts of Our Mothers: From Oral Tradition to Written Words A History and Critique of Jewish Women Writers of Iranian Heritage

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues. 18(2009): 87-124 & Introduction: 5-12. 

Project MUSE


Interview with Lesléa Newman 

Alt Daily ( 8 October 2009)

My Iranian Sukkah

Where We Find Ourselves: Jewish Women around the World Write about Home. Ed. Miriam Ben-Joseph and Deborah Nodler Rosen. New York: SUNY, 2009. 225-34.   [Read Here]

My Story: Conversations With My Father

The Jerusalem Post

(6 December 2007) The Virginian Pilot (December 11, 2007)

Hanukkah in Iran_Conversations With My Father 
My Hanukkah Gift_NPR Hanukkah Lights
Pilgrimage to the Tombs of Esther and Mordekhai

If Salt Has Memory: Jewish Exiled Writers from Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Ed. Jennifer Langer. Nottingham: Five Leaves, 2008. 163-178. 


Mehangiz Kar

Interview with Mehrangiz Kar: “Iranian human rights activists to talk about homeland at ODU.” The Virginian Pilot. 6 February 2006. 


Words on Fire

Jewish Quarterly 199 (Fall 2005): 53-56 

Iran on My Mind

Jewish Quarterly 204 (Winter 2006): 88 [Read Here]

My Father's kharoset

Jewish Quarterly 205 (Spring 2007): 88 [Read Here]


“abjad: a film review of The First Letter by the Iranian film producer, Abolfazl Jalili,” Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2004 

The Jewish Connection

Renewal Magazine (Spring 1995): 5-8

Iranian Women and Contemporary Memoirs

Persian Heritage 35(Fall 2004): 32-35

Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

Hanover: University Press of New England, August 2003

Feathers and Hair

The Flying Camel: and Other Stories of Identity by North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Women. Ed. Loolwa Khazzoom. New York: Seal, 2004. 11-19 [Read Here]

Leaving Iran

Jewish Women From Muslim Societies Speak. Waltham: Brandeis UP, 2002

Only Friendship

To Mend the World: Women Reflect on 9/11. Ed. Marjorie Agosin and Betty Jean Craige. New York: White Pine, 2002. 96-106 [Read Here]

Blood Lines

Nashim: : A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues. 5(Fall 2002) 174-179.


A Bride for My Father  

Bridges Magazine (Spring 2000): 81-87  [Read Here]

Two Birds on a Postcard
Turnings: Writing on Women's Transformations. Ed. Luisa Igloria and Renee Olander. Norfolk: Friends of Women’s Studies, March 2000. 37-41.
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Candles in the Night

Chashm Andaz Magazine( March 1999)

The Garden Wedding

Shofar Magazine (February 1999)


A Journey to Freedom

Renewal Magazine (Summer 1998) 20-28

Breaking the Silence_Iranian Jewish women Writers Discover the Power of Words

Jewish Women 2000: Conference Papers from HRIJW International Scholarly Exchanges 1997-1998

Will I Ever Be A Writer?

Ourselves as Students: Multicultural Voices in the Classroom. Ed. The Broad Minds Collective. Carbondale, Southern Illinois UP, 1996. 110-113 

The Jewish Connection

Renewal Magazine (Spring 1995) 5-8

The Jews of Iraq

Renewal Magazine (March 1991)

Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews
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Esther, Queen of Persia A Fairy-tale?
Pilgrimage to the Tombs of Esther and Mordekhai 
Two Birds on a post card
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only friendship

To Mend the World

Feathers and hair
my iranian sukkah
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