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Bengali Cooking: Seasons and Festivals [Paperback]

By Chitrita Banerji & Deborah Madison (Foreward By)
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Pages   201
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2007
Publisher   Serif Publishing
ISBN  1897959508  
EAN  9781897959503  

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This highly original book takes the reader into kitchens in both Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal by way of the seasons and festivals which have shaped the region's cooking. Chitrita Banerji offers her readers the wonderful recipes of Bengali home-cooking rather than the standard fare of Indian restaurants. it is a vivid and deeply-felt introduction to the life, landscape and culture of the Bengali people.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Chitrita Banerji was born in 1947.

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very nice - i found one mistake!  Mar 30, 2008
I think this book is very creative and I love the cultural context in which the recipes are presented. It's rare to find such a book. Many of the recipes are things I grew up eating. It's amazing to find them listed in a book.

My only complaint is that I found a mistake, inadvertently, which leads me to wonder what other inaccuracies exist in the book. My father's small hometown (district) was mentioned in the book, but described completely incorrectly in terms of its location. This is nitpicking, I know, but I would think that a native of Bengal would know the geography of his or her state. Furthermore, if the regional differences are in fact relevant in terms of cuisine, then in fact, this error is significant.

Overall, a creative book.
Excellent book!  Mar 10, 2008
I really enjoyed this book. It is not entirely a cookbook. Basically the author talks about the seasons in Bangladesh, personal experiences during those seasons, festivals/holidays that occur during those seasons and popular recipes for people in West Bengal and Bangladesh. It is great if you want to learn more about the peoples and the country.
The recipes seem to be authentic. It is not tailored for Americans though. We're used to having our recipes list the ingredients then how to make it. But these recipes are in narrative form. I still did not have much of a problem making some of the recipes. I started with the simpler ones. But, I enjoy making real foreign food and not catering to the American ingredients/time schedule/palate.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in making Bengali food.
A dash of Bengali culture  Feb 16, 2008
This book exudes a feeling of home. The author takes you on a journey through her memories of Bengal life. Her smiles shine from the page when she gets a chance, for example, to describe her grandmother's unique touches on these recipes.

This is far from a traditional cookbook. Sure, you'll find recipes. But not before you learn about the season, the festival, a bit about her family, and what crops are available at that time of year.

While she makes the attempt to offer a window both into Hindu and Muslim world, the book flows more natural when she's discussing her own Hindu past. She is careful to describe "East Bengal" (Bangladesh) Muslim traditions as well, but sometimes it feels like it's just dropped in for completeness.

I'll have to allow that this is not the easiest recipe book you'll find. Sometimes the recipes leave a bit of room for interpretation.

That doesn't take away from the wonder of this book. It's a celebration of life in the Bengal states. The traditions. The family. And, oh yes, the food.
great info on the Bengali food history  Oct 24, 2007
The recipes are not very well orgnized, and the history lesson is great, but not for people who are interested only in food recipes, seems like you have to search forever to get what you are looking for.
Excellent review of food and culture  Jan 3, 2007
This book was written beautifully with complete descriptions of not only the food, but also the mood and context around it.

This book is not a traditional cookbook with pictures. The recipes are written in a narrative, rather than in a procedural format, and this substantially adds to the charm of the text.

To a displaced Bengali, longing for lost traditional recipes, this is a perfect answer.

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