Eating India: An Odyssey Into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices
  • Eating India: An Odyssey Into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices
  • Eating India: An Odyssey Into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

Eating India: An Odyssey Into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

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by Chitrita Banerji
     
 

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Though it's primarily Punjabi food that's become known as Indian food in the United States, India is as much an immigrant nation as America, and it has the vast range of cuisines to prove it. In Eating India, award-winning food writer and Bengali food expert Chitrita Banerji takes readers on a marvelous odyssey through a national cuisine formed by

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Though it's primarily Punjabi food that's become known as Indian food in the United States, India is as much an immigrant nation as America, and it has the vast range of cuisines to prove it. In Eating India, award-winning food writer and Bengali food expert Chitrita Banerji takes readers on a marvelous odyssey through a national cuisine formed by generations of arrivals, assimilations, and conquests. With each wave of newcomers--ancient Aryan tribes, Persians, Middle Eastern Jews, Mongols, Arabs, Europeans--have come new innovations in cooking, and new ways to apply India's rich native spices, poppy seeds, saffron, and mustard to the vegetables, milks, grains, legumes, and fishes that are staples of the Indian kitchen. In this book, Calcutta native and longtime U.S. resident Banerji describes, in lush and mouthwatering prose, her travels through a land blessed with marvelous culinary variety and particularity.

Editorial Reviews

6/22/07 Jewish Advocate
This book is a fascinating tour through the culinary and cultural landscape of India, with mouthwatering descriptions of local delicacies and brief historical side-tours that provide context and background for the reader.
Gourmet's Choptalk
Chitrita Banerji is one of those rare writers who can tease the meaning out of ordinary foods without ever seeming trivial, pretentious or self-indulgent...Banerji peels back the husk of triviality to reveal the history, culture, and emotional ballast that can reside in even the most everyday dish...Even if you only have a passing interest in India, this book is worth a read.
Chowhound.com
Highly recommend this newly-published book for literate and engaging writing on travel in India and Indian food in various parts of the country. Must-read for Indian food fans
Gastronomica
[Banerji is] a wonderful food writer. Neither a travelogue nor a recipe book, this is a personal jouney to more than a dozen regions in India... This is food writing at its best, historically and culinarily informative... and filled with the interestingly personal.... The stuff of interesting dining, thinking, and reading.
Library Journal

Award-winning food writer Banerji examines in marvelous detail the cultural and historical influences that have shaped regional cuisine in ancient and modern India. As she travels through India, Banerji, a Calcutta native who makes her home in the United States, poses compelling questions about the nature of authenticity in Indian cuisine for a land in constant flux from generations of colonialism and immigration and other external factors. Moving backward and forward in time, without a specific itinerary, Banerji takes readers on an exciting journey visiting cities, roadside shacks, a family's wedding, and other places, while seeking to understand and come to terms with an ever-changing nation. Learning about the contributions made by Persians, Jews, Mongols, Portuguese, and other immigrants to the national cuisine is fascinating. Readers will savor the author's mouthwatering prose as she recollects childhood memories of Bengali traditions and rituals centered on food. After reading this engaging work, one will appreciate the complexities and subtleties of Indian cuisine. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Christine Holmes

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596910188
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.05(d)

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