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Cooking lessons

By Gina Nahai

December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

Pour three cups of rice into a bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water. Stir the rice in the water, making sure you don't crush the grains, then throw out the water. Repeat five times.

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  • ‘Live from Tehran’

    By Gina Nahai

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 8 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I'm at the studios of KIRN -- a Persian-language AM radio station on Barham Boulevard near Universal Studios. I'm a guest on a program called "Live From Hollywood."

    The host/producer, Suzi Khatami, is an Iranian woman who, like me, left the old...

  • Elegy for a Dream

    By Gina Nahai

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I came to America 30 years ago last month. I arrived in Los Angeles the night Elvis died. I was 16 years old, fresh out of a Swiss boarding school, about to start my first year of college. This was two years before the Islamic Revolution, yet I had left Iran willingly and without...
  • Want to hear a story?

    By Gina Nahai

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    So I'm at the Jewish Book Council's (JBC) open auditions, in the main sanctuary of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan, in the front row of the L-Z section of authors who have written a book with a Jewish theme and who would like to sell more than three...
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  • Book Tour Blues

    By Gina Nahai

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Never again," I swear every time I'm on book tour. I'll never do this again, I don't care if I sell one book or 10 million, I'm not getting on another 6 a.m. flight out of an airport that's been closed for two days due to bad weather and is therefore mobbed now with livid...
  • Season’s end means mixed emotions for mom

    By Gina Nahai

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 2 p.m. on a Saturday, and I'm sitting with a dozen other women in the bleachers on a field in Palos Verdes.

    I've had to get up at 6 a.m. start driving at 7 a.m. to get my son here at 8 a.m., and I know I'll be here for at least another couple of hours. I've lived in Southern...
  • Why is this award different from all others?

    By Gina Nahai

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting with my husband in the packed and darkened auditorium at Royce Hall in UCLA. It's the night of the LA Times Book Prizes, but we might as well be at some Hollywood awards show: The stage is decorated like the set of a movie -- Sean Penn is sitting two seats to my right;...
  • Becoming American

    By Gina Nahai

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    She comes up to me through the crowd -- designer clothes and Tahitian pearls and that I-know-I'm-gorgeous confidence that makes her impossible to look away from -- and hands me one of my own books. We're at a writers' conference in Long Beach. I'm scheduled to speak later in the day,...

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