©2005 Madhur Jaffrey; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
"Upon finishing this splendid memoir, the reader will delight in the 30 'family-style' recipes included as lagniappe at the end." (Publishers Weekly)
This lovingly told memoir is warm-hearted and engaging. The detailed descriptions of the marvellous spicy snacks and elaborate feasts served - whether on impulse from a street vendor or at formal family gatherings - have triggered my own preparing Indian food for weeks now; it is so wonderful! Also very enjoyable is the insight into the extended patriarchal family structure that generations of her family have lived within, as well as learning about the sub-caste they were part of, and the work they performed for the establishments of the era, whether Moghul or British. It is all told simply, as if to a sympathetic friend from whom nothing has to be hidden; sorrows and triumphs alike are shared simply and warmly. I loved listening to this book, and the narrator was excellent. This was a whole side of Indian culture that I had no idea about; very worthwhile!
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