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Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices By Chitrita Banerji,

  • Title: Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices
  • Author: Chitrita Banerji
  • ISBN: 9781596910188
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Though it s primarily Punjabi food that s become known as Indian food in the United States, India is as much an immigrant nation as America, and it has the vast range of cuisines to prove it In Eating India, award winning food writer and Bengali food expert Chitrita Banerji takes readers on a marvelous odyssey through a national cuisine formed by generations of arrivals,Though it s primarily Punjabi food that s become known as Indian food in the United States, India is as much an immigrant nation as America, and it has the vast range of cuisines to prove it In Eating India, award winning food writer and Bengali food expert Chitrita Banerji takes readers on a marvelous odyssey through a national cuisine formed by generations of arrivals, assimilations, and conquests With each wave of newcomers ancient Aryan tribes, Persians, Middle Eastern Jews, Mongols, Arabs, Europeans have come new innovations in cooking, and new ways to apply India s rich native spices, poppy seeds, saffron, and mustard to the vegetables, milks, grains, legumes, and fishes that are staples of the Indian kitchen In this book, Calcutta native and longtime U.S resident Banerji describes, in lush and mouthwatering prose, her travels through a land blessed with marvelous culinary variety and particularityVIEWS Skillfully moving backward and forward in time, Banerji, a culinary historian based in the U.S whose previous books have explored the cookery of her native Bengal Life and Food in Bengal , regards India with the intimacy of a native, the curiosity of an outsider and the broad vantage of an expatriate In the course of her culinary tours across the subcontinent, she poses compelling questions about the nature of authenticity in a time of great flux, the mutability of tradition and the place of food in secular life and religious culture For answers, she looks not only to the past but to the present as it unfolds in roadside shacks, sweet shops or a temple canteen, describing how outside influences such as colonialism and immigration have shaped India s regional cuisines Early in this engaging work, Banerji recounts how whenever she invites Americans to her home for an elaborate meal, rather than sampling each dish in sequence the better to appreciate its subtle flavors her guests heap together meat, rice and
    Eating India An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices Though it s primarily Punjabi food that s become known as Indian food in the United States India is as much an immigrant nation as America and it has the vast range of cuisines to prove it In Eating

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    1. This book has so much to offer that I don t know where to begin It s a travelogue it s a history book it s a culinary reference The author, who is a native Bengali, travels around India to explore the diversity of Indian cooking Through various connections, she interviews local culinary experts, learns about the cultural, religious, agricultural, and historical landscape of each region, and samples the quintessential dishes of the local fare She questions what authentic Indian cooking really is [...]

    2. Bengali food writer Banerji begins with the promise to investigate whether the foods she thinks are traditional really are of ancient origin, or whether they are modern developments from the originals This fascinating premise unfortunately soon falls by the wayside, and the book becomes a conventional survey of Indian regional cuisine, with notes on its associated history and culture.Some chapters have an emotional depth and intimacy that makes them rise above the level of a simple food narrat [...]

    3. I loved this book so much It took me months to finish it because I so enjoyed wandering back and forth through the chapters It s a book that can be picked up and read, a chapter at a time, in no particular order But each page is rich with scents and flavors as well as history and culture A perfect little book for those of us who love to eat and who dream of India.

    4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am glad I purchased it so I can refer to it later I remember checking out at an Indian grocery store where the owner told me the source of each item I had chosen This book answers such questions, and provides a history of ingredients and cooking methods that have come and sometimes gone with immigrants.Chitrita Banerji is from India, but she has lived in the Boston area for much of her adult life In Eating India she gives us a travelogue of her return visits [...]

    5. i mostly enjoyed this book, and it was a lot of fun to read it while traveling around india in each new city, i d hurry up and read the chapter pertaining to the city we were in, and be sure to eat some of ms banerji s highlighted foods kathi rolls, daal fry, fish kebab and rosgulla in calcutta, kitchuri in varanasi, MTR spice packs purchased in bangalore, rarely did she lead me astray.her recounting of memories from her childhood seemed a little contrived at times, but i most definitely give he [...]

    6. The book had me hooked from the very beginning when the author starts to describe a Bengali wedding something that was so much a part of my childhood, where we had Bengalis as neighbours, friends, family friends, dad s colleagues The book is a fantastic journey into the cuisines of various parts of India, exploring the possible origins of dishes, the foreign influences that made what we eat today, so part of Indian cooking So many ingredients that we take for granted today, was part of what we g [...]

    7. Travels through India via the stomach an enjoyable sojourn of Indian cuisine east, west, north and south with some interesting historical tidbits in between Made me rather nostalgic for the wonderful foods of India, which I should have appreciated while there, alas This book is not necessarily for everyone but for those interested in getting a better understanding of the diverse nature of the country this is an interesting way to approach it through its cuisine You learn how history, geography [...]

    8. If you are an Indophile, foodie, travel buff or any combination thereof, you ll probably like this book as much as I did The author has made an effort to go off the beaten track and explore Indian cuisine beyond the typical north indian delicacies that the term is normally used to refer to She does have a Bengali slant and seems to drag Bengali cuisine or Bengalis, in general, into every chapter irrespective of which cuisine it focuses on But, that s only a minor annoyance compared to the deligh [...]

    9. At first, I was really excited to read this book, but in the end I didn t learn much that I didn t already know I can t believe that my knowledge of India is all that vast, so I can t but blame the author for being lightweight It was nice to ponder the idea that the famous Bengali sweets are an accident of climate sugar cane fields and colonialism the introduction of Portuguese desserts , and to be reminded of the unlikely and disappearing Jewish communities of India Okay, so maybe just once or [...]

    10. The travelling the author did and some of her descriptions about the area, people and customs I found really interesting and absorbing, but there was too little of that Yes I know, its a book about food, but I do think background about the areas would have been beneficial.The food was ok, it just got to be too much for me personally and I was lost in some of the unknown foods she spoke about.So I read the book to the end, but didn t really in the end enjoy it Maybe I just missed the mark, becau [...]

    11. For a book that claims to be about food this certainly disappoints I picked this up expecting an in depth analysis of regional Indian cuisine but all I got was a history of the evolution of certain cuisines interspersed with descriptions of meals the author had Not that this wasn t interesting but I wish the book was about food and not about its history or philosophy The language certainly good and the author does have a charming narrative style but at times the book seemed too tedious and I ha [...]

    12. Delicious The author takes us on a regional tasting tour of India, describing both the dishes and their origins that she encounters on her odyssey While the map provided is very helpful in tracking her journey, the lack of text features photos, illustrations, glossary, index, recipes detracts from the book s potential.

    13. it was a very cursory glance of various popular cuisinres none of the information stories were detailed feels like this book could have been written just off articlese language uses a lot of phrases which are not present in modern written or spoken English it almost has a benfalo British Raj hangover in style.

    14. Pretty good idea to tell the history of India and its native and immigrant groups through their foodways, or rather to discuss the food with reference to the history Overwritten in places and needed a glossary, index and taxonomy of the different kinds of patties and breads, but overall a good vicarious trip.

    15. Not written with any grace or style, but it is a treasure trove of facts about how different types of Indian cooking She explains in beautiful detail the different types of food that Indian ethnic groups and geographic groups cook The only downfall is when she tries to get to deep or philosophise.

    16. Eating India is a useful primer to how colonialism influenced the development of food in India over time and how those foods have migrated since It s worth a quick skim before a visit so you can drop interesting factoids over dinner.

    17. There s some sort of beverage that s made from the liquid in green coconuts Cocajal The author claims its the most refreshing drink around I gotta track me down a can I also want to eat a banana leaf And savor some spices that sound so succulent even when just being written about.

    18. Affectionate regional survey of Indian food, explaining how each area s geography, trade links, staple crops and religious and cultural strictures combine to produce distinctive dishes from the banquets of palaces to home cooking and street foods.

    19. Actually, the edition of this book that I bought in India was paperback and had the subtitle Exploring a Nation s Cuisine It s well written and quite informative in fact, I learned a great deal about the history of India from this book.

    20. Good book for foodies The writing style is a little odd though, it reads like a glorified travel guide The author sounds guarded in most of the chapters, not really expressing her feelings and senses very well For an overall introduction to food and culture of India, it s not bad.

    21. Good but very long I guess India is also very large Went into random personal stories than I expected, and a bit wordy, but was still a fun and interesting read during and after an India trip.

    22. If you re a foodie and an Indian food foodie , this one s for you Banerji combines travel, history and food in a heady mix The book made me appreciate the sythesis of cooking techniques over the centuries that makes Indian food what it is Some fantastic trivia sprinkled across the book.

    23. Interesting if you like Indian food or travel books It made me want to go to India, but, the woman who wrote it was sometimes annoying I did learn about lots of regional cuisines and customs and her writing isn t bad, although she can be sort of self absorbed.

    24. In preparation for my upcoming trip to India, I read this book which is part anthropological study, part cultural history, part travel memoir, and all mouth watering Yum.

    25. Thorough research and keen observations combine to make this book a real winner made me want to visit India again soon

    26. Having not picked this one back up in six weeks, I am going to move it to the did not finish shelf It is reasonably well written, but I found it boring.

    27. Very informative travel , history and food book on various regions of India At times authors strong biases irked me but I continued reading it as I found it informative.

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