Mouth-watering descriptions of the food took me on a culinary journey across India with such a flair for story-telling that I constantly battled between my urge to keep turning to the next page and my urge to put the book down and immediately eat something delicious …. fearing that my drool might slather the book I was reading.
From the fascinating account of how opium trade wars in the 1800’s impacted the culinary scene in Bengal… to humorous modern day contrast between Chinese trainees eating idlis and dosas with chopsticks in Mysore vs Indian laborers eating Chinese noodles at roadside dhabas along Grand Trunk Road… to mesmerizing accounts of culinary feats achieved by cooks in the era of nawabs and noblemen of Lucknow in the 1700’s… this book is truly riveting! You have GOT to read about the amazing dish called Pearl Pilaf that these cooks invented just to keep the nawabs entertained with newer and fancier culinary tricks each day! I have to say many of their techniques are nothing short of molecular gastronomy we so rave about today!
An Indian by birth and having lived in India for the first 21 years of my life, I thought I knew all there is to know about the incredible diversity that India offers in terms of religion, culture and of course… food! But then, I read Chitrita Banerji’s marvelous book, Eating India – An Odyssey Into The Food And Culture Of The Land Of Spices.
While the book unveiled hundreds of cool facts about the multitudes of regional Indian cuisines, I finished the book pondering over many more questions that I would love to discuss with the author. Imagine my delight when I got an opportunity to moderate a book discussion with Chitrita Banerji! This book discussion is part of an event to benefit a fabulous organization named SNEHA which is a Connecticut-based network for women of South Asian origin and their families that work tirelessly to support and empower women, particularly survivors of domestic violence.
The event is at West Hartford Public Library (Noah Webster Branch), Saturday Nov 11th at 2PM. It will be a fascinating discussion sure to compel you to grab a copy of the book asap.
Light refreshments will be served after the discussion, but if all the talk of yummy Indian food makes you super hungry – I want you to remember that my pal Chef Prasad Chirnomula’s INDIA restaurant is just around the corner. Win-Win! 🙂
Entry to the book discussion is free. Just be sure to RSVP by Nov 4th using the link below.
Click here for further details on the book discussion.
I can’t wait to ask Chitrita about her many incredible experiences of the regional cuisines in India, and I hope to see you there!