Feast and Fasts: A HISTORY OF FOOD IN INDIA

Feast and Fasts: A HISTORY OF FOOD IN INDIA (Paperback)

By Colleen Taylor Sen 
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Academic
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 938575534X
EAN: 9789385755347
No. of Pages: 352
Binding: Paperback
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India has always been part of the global economy. For thousands ofyears, the subcontinent was the centre of a vast network of land andsea trade routes-conduits for plants, ingredients, dishes and cookingtechniques to and from the rest of the world. Foreign visitors havelong marvelled at India's agricultural bounty, including its ancientindigenous plants, such as lentils, mangoes, turmeric and pepper, all ofwhich have been central to the Indian diet for thousands of years.Today, Indian food in its many incarnations has become a world cuisine.This reflects an increased awareness of the virtues of a traditionalIndian diet, especially the centrality of fruits, vegetables and grains andthe extensive use of spices, the benefits of which have been confirmedby modern science.Yet what is it that makes Indian food so recognizably Indian, andhow did it get that way? Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India is anexploration of Indian cuisine in the context of the country's religious,moral, social and philosophical development. It addresses topics suchas dietary prescriptions and proscriptions, the origins of vegetarianism,culinary borrowings and innovations, the use of spices and theinseparable links between diet, health and medicine. It also looks atspecial foods for festivals, street foods and the splendour of Mughalfeasts. This lavishly illustrated book gives a mouth-watering tour ofIndia's regional cuisines, containing numerous recipes to interest andexcite readers.

About the Auhtor
Colleen Taylor Sen is an independent food historian and writer basedin Chicago, specializing in the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. Herprevious publications include Curry: A Global History (2009) and StreetFood around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (co-editor,2013).

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Title: Feast and Fasts: A HISTORY OF FOOD IN INDIA
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Academic
Author: Colleen Taylor Sen
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 938575534X
EAN: 9789385755347
No. of Pages: 352
Binding: Paperback

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