Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Whether acclaimed food writer Madhur Jaffrey was climbing the mango trees in her grandparents' orchard in Delhi or picnicking in the Himalayan foothills on meatballs stuffed with raisins and mint, tucked into freshly baked spiced pooris, today these childhood pleasures evoke for her the tastes and textures of growing up.

This memoir is both an enormously appealing account of an unusual childhood and a testament to the power of food to prompt memory, vividly bringing to life a lost time and place. Included here are recipes for more than thirty delicious dishes that are recovered from Jaffrey’s childhood.


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Loved her writing style, so classy and so sophisicated. - Goodreads
Also, the ending was very abrupt and confusing. - Goodreads
Additionally, the recipes in the back are a nice touch. - Goodreads
Her writing is mechanical, yet flowery. - Goodreads
I gave it a 3 because she is a foodie, not a writer. - Goodreads

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“My grandfather had built his house in what was once a thriving orchard of jujubes, mulberries, tamarinds, and mangoes. His numerous grandchildren, like hungry flocks of birds, attacked the mangoes ... Read full review

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User Review  - famouslastwords - Goodreads

I regretted buying this book. The title, cover, and synopsis were all massively deceiving. The story is incoherent and the recipes are so sparse and simple that I felt cheated even though I bought it ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and best-selling cookbook author. Her classic first book, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, was published by Knopf in 1973, and she has been the host of a series, "Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery," for BBC television. She has appeared in more than 20 films, including Merchant Ivory's Heat and Dust, and written more than 15 books. She won James Beard Awards in 1982, 1994, 2000, 2002, and 2004. She lives in New York City.


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