Eating India: Exploring the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

Front Cover
Bloomsbury Publishing, Dec 15, 2010 - Travel - 288 pages
20 Reviews
In Eating India, the award-winning writer Chitrita Banerji takes us on a thrilling journey through a national food formed by generations of arrivals, assimilations and conquests. In mouth-watering prose, she explores how each wave of newcomers brought innovative new ways to combine the subcontinent's rich native spices, poppy seeds, saffron and mustard with the vegetables, fish, grains and pulses that are the staples of the Indian kitchen. Along the way, she visits traditional weddings, tiffin rooms, city markets, roadside cafes and tribal villages, to find out how India's turbulent history has shaped its people and its cuisine. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Eating India will stand as an authority on Indian food for years to come.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

User Review  - Darrenglass - Goodreads

In preparation for my upcoming trip to India, I read this book which is part anthropological study, part cultural history, part travel memoir, and all mouth-watering. Yum.... Read full review

Review: Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices

User Review  - Surbhi Malpani - Goodreads

Very informative travel , history and food book on various regions of India. At times authors strong biases irked me but I continued reading it as I found it informative. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Chitrita Banerji grew up in Calcutta and received her master's degree in English from Harvard University. She is an internationally recognized writer on Bengali food, and is the author of Life and Food in Bengal, Bengali Cooking, and Feeding the Gods. A two-time winner of Sophie Coe awards in Food and History, she has written about food for Gourmet, Granta and the American Prospect among others. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic information