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Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India


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ajerom, March 18, 2007 (view all comments by ajerom)
Two parts memoir, one part history, two parts cookbook, this is the perfect cookbook gift. For cookbook readers who don't cook much the book has a limited selection of the best family style recipes. After reading Madhur's memoirs even the most kitchen shy reader is sure to tie on an apron and fire up the oven.
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A delicious childhood memoir by cookbook author and actress Madhur Jaffrey. She writes thoughtfully, intelligently and with senses wide open.
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A Memoir of a Childhood in India
Jaffrey, Madhur
Cookery, indic
Asia - India
Childhood Memoir
Jaffrey, Madhur - Childhood and youth
General Biography
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The celebrated actress and author of several books on Indian cooking turns her attention to her own childhood in Delhi and Kampur. Born in 1933 as one of six children of a prosperous businessman, Jaffrey grew up as part of a huge 'joint family' of aunts, uncles and cousins — often 40 at dinner — under the benign but strict thumb of Babaji, her grandfather and imperious family patriarch. It was a privileged and cosmopolitan family, influenced by Hindu, Muslim and British traditions, and though these were not easy years in India, a British ally in WWII and soon to go though the agony of partition (the separation and formation of Muslim Pakistan), Jaffrey's graceful prose and sure powers of description paint a vivid landscape of an almost enchanted childhood. Her family and friends, the bittersweet sorrows of puberty, the sensual sounds and smells of the monsoon rain, all are remembered with love and care, but nowhere is her writing more evocative than when she details the food of her childhood, which she does often and at length. Upon finishing this splendid memoir, the reader will delight in the 30 'family-style' recipes included as lagniappe at the end. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] delicious tribute to a deeply rooted, multicultural upbringing. It ends somewhat abruptly with Jaffrey's departure for her British theatrical training, whetting our appetites for a sequel."
"Review" by , "Jaffrey's taste memories sparkle with enthusiasm, and her talent for conveying them makes the book relentlessly appetizing."
"Review" by , "Some of her most touching and distressing scenes come with the advent of India's independence and its partition. Jaffrey's friends and schoolmates had from the outset included both Hindu and Muslim, but religious and political strife soon sundered all relations."
"Review" by , "Readers will lap up this mouth-watering memoir and hungrily await a sequel."
"Synopsis" by , In a book that is both an appealing account of an unusual childhood and a testament to the power of food to evoke memory, a highly regarded writer on Indian food offers an enchanting memoir of her early life in Delhi, occurring during a time and within a society that has since disappeared. Includes a dozen family recipes. 37 photos in text.

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