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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (16 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747596387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747596387
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A rich and evocative book, the perfect introduction to Indian gastronomy' Independent 'An exhaustive, salivating, hunger-inducing history of the varying regional cuisines of India ... Eating India pulses with life - enveloping the reader in the scent, taste, heat and flavour of an ancient cuisine' Sunday Telegraph 'Thoughtful, well-expressed, informative ... the description of spices and flavours leaves you yearning for the foods themselves' Guardian 'An education and a pleasure' Scotsman

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Chitrita Banerji grew up in Calcutta and received her master's degree in English from Harvard University. She is an internationally recognized writer on Bengali food, and is the author of Life and Food in Bengal, Bengali Cooking, and Feeding the Gods. A two-time winner of Sophie Coe awards in Food and History, she has written about food for Gourmet, Granta and the American Prospect among others. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Malsingh on 28 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is not another celebrity chef cashing in on the popularity of Indian cuisine with a quick trip around the tourist spots of India in search of "curry", this is the real deal. Chitrita Banerji is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic food-writer on a quest to understand the history behind traditional dishes from all over India. As she makes her way around the different states, seeking to satisfy her thirst for knowledge and her appetite for delicious food, you almost feel as if you were with her...or maybe you just wish you were! Those who already knowledgeable about the real cusine of India will be delighted to learn more about their favourite dishes, and those who have not yet got past korma and tandoori chicken will soon be excited to make a trip to India to try some of the authentic dishes Chitrita describes.
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By m. dosa on 21 April 2014
Format: Paperback
found this book interesting though a bit heavy on dining out in posh places with friends,it showed the diversity and wonder of indian food from the simple thalli served on a banana leaf to moghul feasts.with a side dish of portugese and british influence
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I really wanted to like this book. I love travel writing, I love India and Indian Food. But I feel as though I read a different book to the other two reviewers who gave it five stars. I'd give it three and a half stars if I could. It wasn't a bad book, but the author is an American re-discovering her Indian roots, so perhaps this book would be better received by the American market.

There is plenty of interesting information, like when she describes the Bengali love of river fish over sea fish, and about the history of sweets. But overall I found her style of writing a bit laboured. She visits enough places to make a very interesting story about regional Indian cuisine, but apart from during the odd chapter, I did not get a sense of this, it was as though the book could have been written without really needing to visit the place. She clearly knows her stuff, but it was as though almost every chapter could be about the same city. I found the book was more about the history of India and its food, whereas I was hoping for a modern look at true Indian food and how it varies from region to region, told by someone with a bit more spirit.
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I took this book to read whilst on holiday in India recently and it was like being with a very knowledgeable companion. Her anecdotes about her family and background as well as all the food info is beautifully written, interesting and informative. It's a must to take with you if you visit India or the book to make you feel as if you've been there. A great read and in my opinion a classic in the food/travel category.
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A Heavy Meal 27 Mar 2012
By RockBAAZ - Published on Amazon.com
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This book deals with quite an interesting subject. For those of us who live to eat (as opposed to those who eat to live), the history of food is often just as important as the food itself. While this food is by no means a comprehensive account of various cuisines that is available in India, it still makes for an interesting journey through the length and breadth of India, exploring the culture of the land through its food. A good read. Could do with a few spoons of humour though - to liven it up a little bit.
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