Food Culture in India

Food Culture in India

by Colleen Taylor Sen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313324875

ISBN-13: 9780313324871

Pub. Date: 06/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The extreme diversity of Indian food culture—including the dizzying array of ingredients and dishes—is made manageable in this groundbreaking reference. India has no national dish or cuisine; however, certain ingredients, dishes, and cooking styles are typical of much of the subcontinent's foodways. There are also common ways of thinking about food. The

Overview

The extreme diversity of Indian food culture—including the dizzying array of ingredients and dishes—is made manageable in this groundbreaking reference. India has no national dish or cuisine; however, certain ingredients, dishes, and cooking styles are typical of much of the subcontinent's foodways. There are also common ways of thinking about food. The balanced coverage found herein covers many states ignored by previous food writers. Students will find much of cultural interest here to complement country studies and foodies will discover fresh perspectives.

From prehistoric times there has been considerable mixing of cultures and cuisines within India. Today, the endless variations in cuisine reflect religious, community, regional, and economic differences and histories. Sen, a noted author on Indian cuisine, consummately encapsulates the foodways in historical context, including the influence of the British period (the Raj). Among the topics covered are the restrictions of various religions and castes and the northern wheat-based vs. the southern rice-based cuisine, with an extensive review of each regional cuisine with typical meals. She characterizes the only-recent restaurant culture, with mention of Indian fare offered abroad. In addition, the Indian sweet tooth so apparent in the dishes made for many festivals and celebrations is highlighted. The roles of diet and health are also explained, with an emphasis on Ayruveda, which is gaining support in Western countries. A plethora of recipes for different regions and occasions complements the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313324871
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2004
Series:
Food Culture around the World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
1,382,302
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Preface

Introduction: India, a Land of Diversity

Timeline of Indian Food History

Historical Overview and Attitudes Toward Food

Major Foods and Ingredients

Cooking

Typical Meals

Eating Out

Special Occasions

Diet and Health

Glossary

Resource Guide

Selected Bibliography

Index

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