Title: Bong Mom’s Cookbook
Author: Sandeepa Mukherjee Dutta
It’s not everyday that you come across a cookbook penned by a supermom! Yes, blogger-turned-author Sandeepa Mukherjee Dutta straddles between her job of an electrical engineer in New Jersey, and her escapades in the kitchen with the most difficult dishes from her native, West Bengal, even as she pens her blog, now a book — Bong Mom’s Cookbook.
Dutta manages to break the myth that cooking Bengali food is ’complicated’, for her recipes are easy, and her narrative, lucid — yes, you almost smell each dish! Wish each recipe had a photo to reckon with too. However, what you enjoy most are the little tales that Dutta weaves amid her tips for making ‘aloor chorchori’, ‘dimer devil’ or ‘bhapa ilish’ in her chic US kitchen.
Don’t be surprised if you see flashes of your childhood in Dutta’s humble tales — be it of her mom’s ‘meat safe’ at their North Bengal home, vacations at her granny’s close-knitted family in Kolkata, or the sunlight sparkling through Muni mashi’s (the maid) tinkling glass bangles.