Of Kraken and Curry

Eleventh Stack

The last two books I read are quite different from each other, but I can’t recall liking two books more in quite a while.


In full disclosure, I’m the kind of person who reads cookbooks. I love them. I also love books about culture. That’s where my first book intersects. One of the best thing about Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham is that, while there are recipes, the book is so much more than cookbook. Collingham does an amazing job of tracing some of the culinary history of an amazingly complex culture and society. Her discussion of the post-Raj diaspora and the culinary and cultural ramifications of that experience are fascinating. The Indian experience through a culinary lens in Britain and the United States are certainly discussed. The history of the British experience through colonial imperialism, the subsequent reality of “empire coming home” is discussed…

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