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A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food Hardcover – 25 Feb 1999


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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: OUP India (25 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195642546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195642544
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,760,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. T. Achaya is a leading authority on Indian food. He has pursued scientific research in the areas of oilseeds, vegetable oils, processed foods, and nutrition. He is the author of several books on nutrition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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achar Word for pickle in Urdu and Hindi, commonly thought to have a Persian or Arabic origin, but stated by Rumphius in AD 1750 to derive from terms like axi or achi used for the chilli (see also pickles, chilli). Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Malsingh on 5 April 2010
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Trust me when I say that there is not another book like this available, at least not in the UK. This excellent book is a very detailed historical guide to Indian food and the culture that surrounds it. From the eating habits of various religions, origins of different ingredients and the etymology of dish and ingredient names; to the ettiquite of dining amongst different groups, the medicinal qualities of foods and the cultural significance of different dishes - this book has it all covered.

If you have ever wondered when the idli was first mentioned in literature, what the greeks wrote about indian food and agriculture, which invading nation gave the Bengalis chhana, what ancient toothpicks were made of or how different groups of people fast in India, then this is the book for you. Clearly laid out in an alphabetical format, it is easy to look up something in particular and also to flick randomly through to browse for something interesting.

A must have for all Indian foodies.
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A fascinating book, pretty well just what I was looking for, thanks
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2001
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You don't find many reference books on Indian history, so this one really is one of its kind. Great reading! Definitely recommended!
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Fascinating 4 Nov. 2010
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Fascinating and hard to find information. It is clearly a labour of love for the author. The kind of book you will pick up and refer to again and again.
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