Land of Milk and Honey
Travels in the History of Indian Food
By (author) Chitrita Banerji
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Land of Milk and Honey by Chitrita Banerji
Book DescriptionA culture as ancient as India's, as layered and as plural, inevitably rejoices in a fascinatingly rich history of food, feeding and eating. The most ancient scriptures prescribe and proscribe on the subject, life cycle rituals are intricately bound up with it, and the symbolism of food is part of everyday life. "Land of Milk and Honey" tells the stories of India's food. Rich in detail and discovery, the essays included here range from the rituals of propitiatory meals - from feeding the gods, the priest, the son-in-law or the dead - to the historic symbolism of milk, and from the probable 15th century Portuguese origins of the traditional sweets of Bengal to the intricate variety of art connected with food and ritual.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781905422340
(209mm x 149mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
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.
Bengali Cooking, Paperback (December 2006)
Features recipes from Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.
Feeding the Gods, Hardback (June 2006)» View all books by Chitrita Banerji
Paints an extraordinary picture of food and ritual in Bengal, which reveal not only the culinary culture but also a social structure in which certain foods are forbidden. Combining social critique with the intimacy of memoir, the author writes of Bengal, a land where food and ritual are intimate experiences shaping day-to-day life.
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Author Biography - Chitrita Banerji
Chitrita Banerji is the author of Life and Food in Bengal, Bengali Cooking: Seasons and Festivals and Feeding The Gods.
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