A Matter of Taste: The Penguin Book of Indian Writing on Food
Nilanjana S. Roy
Penguin Books India, 2004 - Cookery, Indic - 363 pages
A delectable collection of writing on food and its place in our lives that brings together some of the most significant Indian voices over the last century.
From lavish meals, modern diets and cooking lessons that serve as a rite of passage to fake fasts and real ones, fish, feni, and fiery meals that smack of revenge, this book has something to satisfy every palate.
Gandhi's guilt-ridden account of his failed flirtation with eating meat starkly complements Ruchir Joshi's toast to the senses as he describes his characters discovering a truly alternative use for some perfectly innocent shrikhand. In unique gastronomic takes on history, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and Saadat Hasan Manto ensure that we will never look at chutney, a Tibetan momo or jelly in quite the same way again.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - maximnoronha - LibraryThing
3.5/5 actually. A 7/10 sounds even more appropriate. Some extracts were better than others, expectedly enough. Esp. the non-fiction ones, like Atual Gawande's bit from his book "Complications". Book ... Read full review
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