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Curry - A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

by Lizzie Collingham

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9780099437864 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 318



Lizzie Collingham

Author: Lizzie Collingham
Publisher: Vintage
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 318
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780099437864


This imaginative book tells the history of India and its rulers through their food. It follows the story of curry as it spread from the courts of Delhi to the balti houses of Birmingham.

Curry is the product of India's long history of invasion. In the wake of the Mughal conquerors, an army of cooks brought Persian recipes to northern India; in the south, Portuguese spice merchants introduced vinegar marinades and the chilies they had recently discovered in the New World; the British soon followed, with their passion for roast meat accompanied by cauliflowers and beans. When these new ingredients were mixed with native spices, they produced those distinctively Indian Dishes.

Curry tells the story of an array of familiar Indian dishes and the people, who invented, discovered, cooked and ate them. Teeming with colorful characters, rich in anecdote and meticulously researched, Curry is vivid, entertaining and delicious.


== The Times

== Independent

‘A cracking good read’
== Mail on Sunday

‘Marvelous and well-illustrated…based on exhaustive research and full of intriguing nuggets of information’
== Chandak Sengoopta Independent

‘Fascinating and meticulously researched… layers historical fact with mouth-watering dinner table gossip of maharajah's epicurean excesses’
== Meera Syal The Times

‘A beautifully balanced book, melding historical fact with modern anecdotes… It's the definitive history of curry’
== Mail on Sunday

‘Original and highly entertaining’
== Daily Mail



List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Recipes
Author’s Preface

Chicken Tikka Masala: the quest for an authentic Indian meal
Biryani: the Great Mughals
Vindaloo: the Portuguese and the chili pepper
Korma: East India Company merchants, temples and the Nawabs of Lucknow
Madras Curry: the British invention of curry
Curry Powder: bringing India to Britain
Cold Meat Cutlets: British food In India
Chai: the great tea campaign
Curry and Chips: Syhleti sailors and Indian takeaways
Curry Travels the World


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