Feeding the Gods
Memories of Food and Culture in Bengal
By (author) Chitrita Banerji
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Feeding the Gods by Chitrita Banerji
Book DescriptionAs the pungent fragrance of spices transports the author back into memories of childhood, we too are plunged headlong into the rich tastes, textures and colours of food in her native Bengal. Here, food is a ritualised and intrinsic part of the culture, particularly of the culture of women's lives. Beyond the meals prepared and cooked for everyday life, food offerings blessed by the gods are shared by devotees in daily ceremonies of worship, special dishes are cooked on auspicious days, and ritual ways of preparing foods are carefully mastered. "Feeding the Gods" paints an extraordinary picture of food and ritual in Bengal. These complex rituals reveal not only an astonishingly rich culinary culture but also a social structure in which certain foods are forbidden. Combining social critique with the intimacy of memoir, Banerji writes of growing up from girlhood to womanhood in Bengal, a land where food and ritual are intimate experiences which shape day-to-day life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781905422104
(209mm x 149mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chitrita Banerji
Eating India, Paperback (February 2009)
Explores how each wave of newcomers - ancient Aryan tribes, Persians, Middle Eastern Jews, Mongols, Arabs, Europeans - brought innovating new ways to combine India's rich native spices, poppy seeds, saffron and mustard to the vegetables, fish, grains and pulses that are the staples of the Indian kitchen.
Land of Milk and Honey, Hardback (June 2007)
Tells the stories of India's food. This book includes essays which range from the rituals of propitiatory meals - from feeding the gods, the priest, the son-in-law or the dead - to the symbolism of milk, and from the probable 15th century Portuguese origins of the traditional sweets of Bengal to the variety of art connected with food and ritual.
Bengali Cooking, Paperback (December 2006)» View all books by Chitrita Banerji
Features recipes from Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.
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Author Biography - Chitrita Banerji
Chitrita Banerji is author of Life and Food in Bengal (London, 1991; Delhi 2005), and Bengali Cooking: Seasons and Festivals (London, 1997), as well as of numerous articles in The Boston Globe, Granta (London), Gastronomica (Berkeley), The Phoenix (Boston), Boston Magazine, Calyx (Corvallis, Oreg.), and Petits Propos Culinaires (London). She has presented papers and received awards at the prestigious Oxford Food Symposium.
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