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Life and food in Bengal

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  • Unknown Binding: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa & Co (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006F9POG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Only this author with her wit, and warmth and wealth of familial tales can pull off a cookbook that has no pictures, that is full of non english names of food. Instead of being irritated as i normally would be, i could not put the book down, and find myself on the internet hunting for images of ingredients like hilsa fish, or banana blossoms. I have some 20 books on indian cuisine, some on regional cooking, but there were many food items in this book i'd not encountered before. So the new discoveries were quite an adventure. These days most cookery writers tantalise with the obligatory personal paragraph with each recipe, not all of which seem that sincere, but in this book you have a timeless way of life told as it is, framed and structured by timeless events like the seasons. I find the account gripping for its authenticity, so many details are revealed not because thats what the author wants you to know, but thats how she remembers is, and she tries her very best to communicate the experience. The book is dense packed with richness like good cooking. I took off a star because there are no pictures, and the recipes arent formatted for easy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, very well written 12 Oct. 2008
By Bibliophile Basu - Published on
Format: Paperback
The author talks about food in Bengal (West Bengal, India and Bangladesh) and explains its relationship to Bengali culture, seasons, and festivals. She shows how food in some ways dominates Bengali life. Her writing is interesting, lucid and informative. She draws an intimate portrait of a typical Bengali middle class family and their relationship to food. The recipes are provided along with their cultural context. Great book for a cook, also great for someone who wants to know about Bengali culture.
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