Little Coffee Shop of Kabul Coffee Morning

Host your own

Two simple recipes


The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (ebook now available for £2.99) is the perfect book club read, following the lives of five women as they come together and form a unique bond in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

Get your friends together and discuss this touching story. To help you host your very own Kabul coffee morning why not try these two fantastic recipes, one by the author herself?

Chococino Coffee
by Deborah Rodriguez

One 500ml glass filled with ice
Two shots of milk chocolate syrup
Two shots of espresso
Fill glass with milk and blend until smooth.

Delicate Afghan Butter Cookies
by Humaira Ghilzai and Katie Morford

¾ cup butter (1½ sticks), softened to room temperature
¾ cup sugar
2 egg whites
2 cups white rice flour
½ tsp ground cardamom
¼ cup coarsely chopped pistachios
¼ cup shelled whole pistachios
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and creamy.
Add the egg whites and mix until smooth. Gradually add the rice
flour, cardamom and chopped pistachios. Mix well. Scoop up a
tablespoon of dough and set on a baking tray (ungreased is OK).
Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand. Next, press the back
of a fork into the dough, making a criss-cross with the tines of the
fork (like you would with a peanut butter cookie). If the fork begins
to stick, dip it in a glass of cold water from time to time. Place a
pistachio in the centre of the cookie. Continue with the remainder
of the dough, setting the cookies 1½ inches apart.

Bake for 12–14 minutes until just a hint of colour appears around
the bottom. Cool before eating.

There are many woman across the world living in dangerous places and situations  and to take a moment to think of them, we want to know which woman inspires you the most and why?

The eBook of this touching story is available now. Join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #coffeeshop


The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

By Deborah Rodriguez

In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together.

SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan - and fast - to keep her café and customers safe.

YAZMINA, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village and now abandoned on Kabul's violent streets.

CANDACE, a wealthy American who has finally left her husband for her Afghan lover, the enigmatic Wakil.

ISABEL, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life.

And HALAJAN, the sixty-year-old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules.

As these five women discover there's more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will for ever change their lives and the lives of many others.

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the heart-warming and life-affirming fiction debut from the author of the bestselling memoir The Kabul Beauty School.

If you like The Kite Runner, you'll love The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. This compelling story of a cafe in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there, is full of heart and intelligenceAn eye-opening and uplifting tale about sisterhood and survivalThis compelling tale features the stories of five women in Afghanistan and how living surrounded by conflict and danger affects their livesA heartwarming tale about female friendshipsA brilliant story of strength and appreciation of difference that restores belief in humanityA unique insight into the women of this volatile, fascinating placeCaptivating and addictive. A perfect book-club readA heart-warming taleThe internationally bestselling novel about a little café in Kabul, and the five extraordinary women who meet there - as if Maeve Binchy had written The Kite Runner

Deborah Rodriguez spent five years teaching at and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. She also owned the Cabul Coffee House, and is now a hairdresser and a motivational speaker. Deborah currently lives in Mexico where she owns the Tippy Toes Salon.
To learn more about her visit

A Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller for 5 weeks, selling 200,000 copies and counting (UK paperback/ebook)A massive international success - in the Australian bestseller charts for a year, selling over 80,000 copies TCMHeart-warming and life-affirming debut novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Kabul Beauty School2013's second biggest selling debut fiction paperbackGreat PR angle as the story is inspired by real life; the author lived and worked in Afghanistan including owning a coffee shop in KabulContains recipes, reading group questions, and a fascinating interview with the author about the real-life circumstances surrounding her entry and exit from Kabul - perfect for book clubsCritical as well as commercial success with 20 pages of reviews from a wide range of media