The Grand Trunk Road, the axis of the Indian subcontinents heavily populated north since the sixteenth century, was the brainchild of Sher Shah Suri. Food path: Cuisine along the Grand Trunk Road from Kabul to Kolkata presents a compelling and beautifully illustrated history of the road since its emergence as ancient Indias first route for traders and invaders.
Driving along the classic route, full of the footprints of history and culture, one has an unmatched opportunity to discover the culinary riches of India. The seductive flavours range from the barbequed temptations of Peshawar and Rawalpindi to the sumptuous secrets of the imperial dastarkhans of Delhi and Agra; from the succulent kebabs of the Awadh region to the sublime vegetarian repast of Varanasi and the tantalizing sweets of Bengal. Indeed, the GT Road is the best introduction to the fulsome flavours of India.
Bon voyage and bon appetite!
Pushpesh Pant, born in Nainital in 1946 and educated in Nainital and Delhi, is a professor of diplomacy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has studied ancient Indian history, international law, and Ayurveda. A regular columnist for national newspapers and magazines, he is also a frequent contributor to radio and television. He writes in both English and Hindi and produces documentaries for television. He is a well-known authority on culinary matters and has published a popular cookbook, Buddhist Peace Recipes (also published by Roli Books). He lives in Delhi with his son, daughter-in-law, grandchild, and his German shepherd, Khampa.