Set primarily against the backdrop of the turbulent Sixties and early Seventies, Siren’s Feast, An Edible Odyssey, tells the tale of a rebellious daughter who foregoes the safety and security of suburban American life and sets off on an adventure that leads her to some of the remote outposts of the world. As a first generation Armenian-American, whose family narrowly survived a genocide, the constant that remains with her is a passion for food and cooking-the remembered flavors of home, tradition and lives long forgotten.
During her seven year odyssey, she encounters mystery and magic in Morocco, has a romantic idyll on the Emerald Coast of Sardinia, establishes the first vegetarian restaurant on the island of Ibiza in Spain (today the party capital of the world), journeys to the East in search of love and enlightenment in the Himalayas and, during a stint as a cabaret dancer in Aleppo, Syria, falls in love with a Bedouin gypsy, resulting in the birth of a daughter. A series of mishaps leads to her sixteen-month incarceration, along with her baby, in an infamous London prison, where she manages, even there, to pioneer a new and healthy way of eating.
The journey comes full circle when she returns home and finds her true purpose and meaningful work through an enigmatic teacher of an ancient healing art and comes to understand the value of family, friends and true spiritual nourishment.
Siren’s Feast contains over 40 mouth-watering recipes, representing well-tested originals as well as old family recipes.
Nancy Mehagian has been involved with food and healing since 1969, when she opened the first vegetarian restaurant on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she attended USC and graduated with a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.
With a passionate interest in the diets and customs of those who live close to the earth, Nancy has traveled extensively. In 1975 Mary Burmeister, the only living master of the ancient Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, became her life-long mentor. Since 1978, Nancy has maintained an active Massage Therapy and Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in Los Angeles. She accompanied Quincy Jones on his Jook Joint Tour and was the Massage Therapist for the Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over World Tour.
Nancy is the author of THE SUPERNATURAL KIDS COOKBOOK and co-author of THE OPRAH EFFECT. She lives, cooks and gardens in Studio City, CA.