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A fascinating memoir,
This review is from: Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India (Hardcover)
I have always had a real soft spot for Madhur Jaffrey, so I bought this book as soon as it came out, despite the fact that I don't usually buy hardback books.
This is a beautiful memoir of Madhur Jaffrey's childhood in India. I think it is fair to say that she had a rather priveleged life. You only have to look at the descriptions of the house she lived in and her family's various outings and events to see that she was not exactly poorly off. However, she still manages to fit in a little bit of angst and unhappiness, though it's never really explicitly said what the root of it was. I suppose living in a large extended family must certainly produce some feelings of wanting to find your own place in the world, and I think this is what MJ was trying to get at.
As you might expect from any book by Jaffrey, there are plenty of mentions of food in this book, plus a few recipes. It's become a bit of a cliche for Indian writers to include recipes in their books, but it fits well in this one. It's also good to know that the recipes are by an accomplished chef, and are therefore likely to be very good!
If you have any interest in Madhur Jaffrey, then this book is a must. It is very enjoyable to read, and you can cook from it too.