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A Matter of Taste: The Penguin Book of Indian Writing on Food

A Matter of Taste: The Penguin Book of Indian Writing on Food

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Item Code: IDE251

by Ed. By. Nilanjana S. Roy

Paperback (Edition: 2004)

Penguin Books India (P) Ltd.
ISBN 0-14-303148-1

Language: English
Size: 7.8" X 5.2"
Pages: 383
Weight of the Book: 295 gms
Price: $30.00
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From the Jacket:

A delectable collection of writing on food and its place in our lives that brings together some of the most significant Indian voices over the last century.

From lavish meals, modern diets and cooking lessons that serve as a rite of passage to fake fasts and real ones, fish and fiery meals that smack of revenge, this book has something to satisfy every palace.

Gandhi's gift-ridden account of his failed flirtation with eating meat starkly complements Ruchir Joshi's toast to the senses as he describes his characters discovering a truly alternative use for some perfectly innocent shrikhant. In unique gastronomic takes on history, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and Saadat Hasan Manto ensure that we will never look at chutney, a Tibetan momo or jelly in quite the same way again. Food becomes the les appetizing religious 'line of control' for Abdul Bismillah's 'guest' when a simple meal illustrates the rather thin divide between guest and host, while subtler shades of deprivation mark Anjana Appachana's Anu as she keeps a fast that reeks of prejudice. And in faraway lands, 'across the seven seas', the search for fresh fish accentuates the loneliness of a life without familiar moorings for Jhumpa Lahiri's Mrs Sen even as Anita Desai's Arun learns from his American hosts the importance of 'keeping the freezer full'.

As much about food as it is about good writing. A Matter of Taste serves up a veritable feast for the senses and food for thought to sample or devour, as one pleases.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgementsix
Introduction: Setting the Tablexi
INDIVIDUAL PORTIONS
Salman Rushdie
    On Leavened Bread
3
Busybee
    My First Buffet Lunch
6
Vir Sanghvi
    Past Times: First Tastes That Lasted Forever
8
Rohinton Mistry
    Gustad's Chicken
14
M. K. Gandhi
    Eating Meat
28
Frank Simoes
    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Feni but Were Too Drunk to Ask
34
Sudha Koul
    Flesh in the Valley
41
Githa Hariharan
    The Remains of the Feast
54
HISTORY ON A PLATTER
Mukul Kesavan
    Banquet Nationalism
65
E.M. Forster
    The Outsider's Thali
67
I. Allan Sealy
    Trotter Laws
69
Geoffrey C. Ward and Diane R. Ward
    English Soup
71
Saadat Hasan Manto
    Jelly
75
Salman Rushdie
    Chutnification
76
Amitav Ghosh
    Tibetan Dinner
79
FOOD AND THE SENSES
Raj Kamal Jha
    Baby Food
87
Anuradha Roy
    Cooking Women
89
Busybee
    Charms of Life
98
Radhika Jha
    Initiation
100
Ruchir Joshi
    Shrikhand
107
LINE OF CONTROL
Mulk Raj Anand
    Bread for the Sweeper
127
Suketu Mehta
    Black-Collar Workers
134
Sarat Chandra Chatterjee
    Majesh
142
Purabi Basu
    French Leave
154
Abdul Bismillah
    Guest is God
160
P. Sainath
    Everybody Loves a Good Drought
168
MASALA MIX
Vir Sanghvi
    Bhelpuri: It's All about Texture
183
Bulbul Sharma
    The Anger of Aubergines
187
David Davidar
    The Great Mango Yatra
193
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    The Secrets of Spices
199
I. Allan Sealy
    Just Desserts
213
DEPRIVATION
Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyaya
    Apu's Trials
219
R.K. Narayan
    Fasting
227
Manjula Padmanabhan
    The Diet
236
Anjana Appachana
    Leftovers
246
Mahasweta Devi
    Salt
259
ACROSS THE SEVEN SEAS
Jhumpa Lahiri
    Mrs Sen's
279
V.S. Naipaul
    Mr. Biswas Rebels
302
Anita Desai
    Shopping for More
313
Chitrita Banerji
    A Barisal Winter
320
Atul Gawande
    The Man Who Couldn't Stop Eating
326
Notes on Contributors349
Copyright Acknowledgements360

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