Eat Smart in India: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure

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Food is one of the first and most immediate contacts a traveler makes with a foreign county. More and more travelers are making it a more memorable contact by taking along one of the innovative, easy-to-use Eat Smart culinary guidebooks. The authors of Eat Smart in India, the newest guide in the award-winning Eat Smart series, demonstrate that traveling and eating in unfamiliar territory doesn’t have to be gastronomical guesswork. This is a well-timed choice, given the resurgence of interest in this fascinating ...

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Overview

Food is one of the first and most immediate contacts a traveler makes with a foreign county. More and more travelers are making it a more memorable contact by taking along one of the innovative, easy-to-use Eat Smart culinary guidebooks. The authors of Eat Smart in India, the newest guide in the award-winning Eat Smart series, demonstrate that traveling and eating in unfamiliar territory doesn’t have to be gastronomical guesswork. This is a well-timed choice, given the resurgence of interest in this fascinating destination, especially in its delicious cuisine. With their Eat Smart guidebook in hand, travelers to India will quickly decipher menus with confidence and shop or browse in the supermarkets and lively outdoor markets throughout the country with greater knowledge. When they get home, they can relive their tasting adventure by creating some delicious Indian dishes, using the recipes provided in the book. 

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“The impressive collaboration of Joan Peterson and Indu Menon (and enhanced with b/w illustrations by Susan Chwae), Eat Smart In India is a very special culinary travel guide for anyone wanting to go abroad and experience the greatest tastes that East India cuisines and restaurants have to offer. From knowing the menu, to selecting market foods, to gathering sample recipes, to the culture behind the regional and ethnic cuisine, and so much more, Eat Smart In India is a superbly organized and presented supplementary resource for vacationers, business travelers, and dedicated gourmets seeking truly memorable dining experiences while visiting India—and who wish to recreate ethnic and regional dishes when they are back home again! Eat Smart In India is but the latest addition to a unique series of culinary travel books from Ginkgo Press.”—James Cox, Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964116870
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Eat Smart Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

    Joan Peterson loves to travel and loves to eat. These two loves led to the creation of the Eat Smart series. Each book is designed for travelers and cookbook lovers like herself who want to get to the heart of a country’s culture through its cuisine. To date she has written guides to the cuisines of Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Morocco, and now India. She has traveled extensively for many years, and has led culinary tours to Morocco and Turkey. She is a founding member of CHEW (Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin) and is the director and founder of the Travel Publishers Association.
    Indu Menon was born in India. She brings her extensive knowledge of the rich culinary heritage of her native country to this Eat Smart guide.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
The Cuisine of India 1
Indus Valley Civilization 1
The Aryans (Vedic Culture) 3
Buddhism and Jainism 6
The Muslims 7
The Europeans 9
The Portuguese 9
The Dutch 11
The British 12
The French 14
Regional Indian Food 17
Indian Food in a Nutshell 17
The Regions of India 26
Northern India 26
Western India 30
Southern India 33
Eastern India 37
Tastes of India 41
Shopping in India's Food Markets 69
Resources 71
Mail-Order Suppliers of Indian Foods 71
Tours and Travel Agencies 72
Some Useful Organizations to Know About 73
Helpful Phrases 75
Phrases for Use in Restaurants 75
Phrases for Use in Food Markets 77
Other Useful Phrases 78
Menu Guide 79
Foods and Flavors Guide 107
Bibliography 133
Index 135
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