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Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes

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Awards

Nominee 2004 - James Beard Awards

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Shoba Narayan's Monsoon Diary weaves a fascinating food narrative that combines delectable Indian recipes with tales from her life, stories of her delightfully eccentric family, and musings about Indian culture.

Narayan recounts her childhood in South India, her college days in America, her arranged marriage, and visits from her parents and in-laws to her home in New York City. Monsoon Diary is populated with characters like Raju, the milkman who named his cows after his wives; the iron-man who daily set up shop in Narayan's front yard, picking up red-hot coals with his bare hands; her mercurial grandparents and inventive parents. Narayan illumines Indian customs while commenting on American culture from the vantage point of the sympathetic outsider. Her characters, like Narayan herself, have a thing or two to say about cooking and about life.

In this creative and intimate work, Narayan's considerable vegetarian cooking talents are matched by stories as varied as Indian spices — at times pungent, mellow, piquant, and sweet. Tantalizing recipes for potato masala, dosa, and coconut chutney, among others, emerge from Narayan's absorbing tales about food and the solemn and quirky customs that surround it.

Review:

"A taste of a life that is exotic yet familiar, Monsoon Diary is as pungent and satisfying as a good curry. Reading it made me want to get on a plane to India — or at least eat in an Indian restaurant." Sharon Boorstin, author of Let Us Eat Cake: Adventures in Food and Friendship

Review:

"An entirely enchanting look at growing up in South India, in an exotic world populated by the flower woman, maamis, and the colorful and opinionated members of an extended Hindu family. Food and recipes are a powerful element in Shoba's story — tokens of identity and a passport to freedom." Nancy Novgorod, editor in chief, Travel & Leisure

Review:

"Of all the many recipe-laced stories, fictional and otherwise, that seem to be arriving in bookstores lately, Shoba Narayan's funny, bluntly honest memoir stands sharply apart from the crowd. This is fresh, wonderful writing that captures the large personalities of Narayan's extended family (her own outspoken self included) and the texture of daily life in Tamil Nadu and Kerala — a life that also happens to be filled with spicy curries, pungent chutneys, and coconut-rich stews. It is a mouth-watering book from a gifted storyteller." Margo True, Editor, Saveur

Review:

"Shoba Narayan is that rarity in the food world: She has both a unique story and the lyrical skills to tell it." Regina Schrambling, New York Times and Los Angeles Times food writer

Synopsis:

In this creative and intimate work, Narayan's considerable vegetarian cooking talents are matched by stories as varied as Indian spices — at times pungent, mellow, piquant, sweet — about her childhood in South India and her life in the United States.

About the Author

Shoba Narayan has written for Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Saveur, Food & Wine, Newsweek, House Beautiful, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered Weekend and a recipient of the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing, given by the James Beard Foundation. Narayan graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, which awarded her a Pulitzer Fellowship. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her website is www.shobanarayan.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812971071
Author:
Narayan, Shoba
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Cookery, indic
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - Indic
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - Indian & South Asian
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 BLACK-and-WHITE PHOTOS
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x.54 in. .40 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812971071 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A taste of a life that is exotic yet familiar, Monsoon Diary is as pungent and satisfying as a good curry. Reading it made me want to get on a plane to India — or at least eat in an Indian restaurant."
"Review" by , "An entirely enchanting look at growing up in South India, in an exotic world populated by the flower woman, maamis, and the colorful and opinionated members of an extended Hindu family. Food and recipes are a powerful element in Shoba's story — tokens of identity and a passport to freedom."
"Review" by , "Of all the many recipe-laced stories, fictional and otherwise, that seem to be arriving in bookstores lately, Shoba Narayan's funny, bluntly honest memoir stands sharply apart from the crowd. This is fresh, wonderful writing that captures the large personalities of Narayan's extended family (her own outspoken self included) and the texture of daily life in Tamil Nadu and Kerala — a life that also happens to be filled with spicy curries, pungent chutneys, and coconut-rich stews. It is a mouth-watering book from a gifted storyteller."
"Review" by , "Shoba Narayan is that rarity in the food world: She has both a unique story and the lyrical skills to tell it."
"Synopsis" by , In this creative and intimate work, Narayan's considerable vegetarian cooking talents are matched by stories as varied as Indian spices — at times pungent, mellow, piquant, sweet — about her childhood in South India and her life in the United States.
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