Item description for Land of Milk and Honey: Travels in the History of Indian Food by Chitrita Banerji...
A 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Aug 7, 2007
Publisher Seagull Books
ISBN 1905422342 ISBN13 9781905422340
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More About Chitrita Banerji
Chitrita Banerji grew up in Calcutta and came to the United States as a graduate student; she received her master's degree in English from Harvard University. She has since become an internationally recognized writer on Bengali food, and is the author of "Life and Food in Bengal," "Bengali Cooking: Seasons and Festivals," and "Feeding the Gods: Memories of Women, Food, and Ritual in Bengal." A two-time winner of Sophie Coe awards in Food and History, she has written about food for "Gourmet," "Gastronomica," "Granta," the "Boston Globe," and the "American Prospect." She lives in Cambridge, Mass.