Jennifer Klinec was born and grew up in Canada in the most East European of families. Always craving autonomy and adventure, she left Canada at 16 for Europe. By the time she moved to the UK at 23 she had already lived in five countries and spoke three languages.
She opened a cooking school out of her loft apartment which Time Out named ‘The hippest, most authentic cooking school in London’ and travels to countries most people are fearful of, in search of ancient recipes and delicious things to eat.
In her first book, The Temporary Bride, she takes us behind the closed doors of Iran, one of the most contradictory and misunderstood nations on earth.
I first read this novel when I was eight or nine and it made me want to live alone on an island and forage for my own food like the heroine, a twelve year old girl. Scott O’Dell’s recreation of the true story of a tribal girl who was left behind when her clan relocated to another island is a poetic and haunting study in survival and isolation. As a girl I was fascinated by O’dell’s powerful depictions of Karana as she built shelters, wove ropes out of kelp, and fashioned weapons for hunting otter and devilfish.
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