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Land of Milk and Honey: Travels in the History of Indian Food
     

Land of Milk and Honey: Travels in the History of Indian Food

by Chitrita Banerji
 

A culture as ancient as India´s, as layered and as plural, inevitably rejoices in a fascinatingly rich history of food, feeding and eating. The most ancient scriptures prescribe and proscribe on the subject, life cycle rituals are intricately bound up with it, and the symbolism of food is part of everyday life.

Land of Milk and Honey tells the stories of

Overview

A culture as ancient as India´s, as layered and as plural, inevitably rejoices in a fascinatingly rich history of food, feeding and eating. The most ancient scriptures prescribe and proscribe on the subject, life cycle rituals are intricately bound up with it, and the symbolism of food is part of everyday life.

Land of Milk and Honey tells the stories of India´s food. Rich in detail and discovery, the essays included here range from the rituals of propitiatory meals - from feeding the gods, the priest, the son-in-law or the dead - to the historic symbolism of milk, and from the probable 15th Century Portuguese origins of the traditional sweets of Bengal to the intricate variety of art connected with food and ritual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905422340
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Chitrita Banerji is the author of Life and Food in Bengal, Bengali Cooking: Seasons and Festivals and Feeding The Gods.

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