Eating India: Exploring the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2009 - Cooking, Indic - 265 pages
In Eating India, the award-winning writer Chitrita Banerji takes us on a thrilling journey through a national food formed by generations of arrivals, assimilations and conquests. In mouth-watering prose, she explores how each wave of newcomers brought innovative new ways to combine the subcontinent's rich native spices, poppy seeds, saffron and mustard with the vegetables, fish, grains and pulses that are the staples of the Indian kitchen. Along the way, she visits traditional weddings, tiffin rooms, city markets, roadside cafes and tribal villages, to find out how India's turbulent history has shaped its people and its cuisine. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Eating India will stand as an authority on Indian food for years to come.

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Engaging and hunger-inducing! I came away from this book fascinated and awed by the sheer variety of cultures and cuisines in India. A good storyteller, Banerji does a great job of conveying the ... Read full review

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A detailed and lip smacking culinary odyssey through the various gastronomical bastions of India. So compelling that you will be forced to hop on the next flight to one of the best epicurean destinations in the world. Read full review

Contents

Bengal Land of a Thousand Rivers
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In Pursuit of the Portuguese From Bengal to Goa
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Road Food on the Highway
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Chitrita Banerji grew up in Calcutta and received her master's degree in English from Harvard University. She is an internationally recognised writer on Bengali food, and is the author of Life and Food in Bengal, Bengali Cooking and Feeding the Gods. A two-time winner of Sophie Coe awards in Food and History, she has written about food for Gourmet, Granta and the American Prospect among others. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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