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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The enchanting autobiography of the seven-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed actress who taught America how to cook Indian food.

Whether 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, Madhur Jaffrey’s life has been marked by food, and today these childhood pleasures evoke for her the tastes and textures of growing up. Following Jaffrey from India to Britain, 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. Also included here are recipes for more than thirty delicious dishes from Jaffrey’s childhood.

 

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User Review  - quiBee - LibraryThing

Probably 2.5 stars. Somewhat interesting memoir about Madhur Jaffrey's childhood in prewar Delhi with a fine description of family history from the Indian Mutiny and following. It gives a very good ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookwoman247 - LibraryThing

This was, IMO, an especially interestihg memoir. What made it so fascinating was how her family's history and even her personal history dovetailed with Indian history and the history of Delhi. I also ... Read full review

Contents

MY FAMILY TRGG
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TWO Summer Lune1 T he Red Book The Story ofIy
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T ze Milt Beaugy
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SVN Fasting fin My Father Lighting Up for Diwali
55
The Watermelon Fields EarPiercing Antiseptic
79
F amily
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Thirty People into Two Cars Cinema Trips Story Time
97
FlfI N A New School Classnzates in Burqas Hindi
113
ICHTN Learning to Swim and Dance A Haten_or
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NINTN Chicken Pox Soup Toast and Sewing
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Twe NTYON The Sisters Return A Taste oftze Future
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TWG NTYTWO The Muslim Twins S udha s Vegetarian
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_T TWG NTY FOUR The Looming Banyan Tree New School
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About the author (2008)

Madhur Jaffrey is the author of many previous cookbooks—seven of which have won James Beard Awards—and was named to the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. She is the recipient of an honorary CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to drama and promoting the appreciation of Indian food and culture. She is also an award-winning actress, having won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, with numerous major motion pictures to her credit. She lives in New York City.

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