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Food on your mind? Here are five books to read if you live to eat

From Sadia Dehlvi’s food memoir to Vikas Khanna’s guide to setting up your kitchen, there is something for every kind of foodie on this list.

books Updated: Aug 02, 2017 08:31 IST
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From cookbooks to memoirs and beginner’s guides, this list is for the foodies.
From cookbooks to memoirs and beginner’s guides, this list is for the foodies.(Shutterstock)

If food writing is your favourite genre, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For a number of books on food – from traditional cookbooks to food memoirs, essays and beginner’s guides – have come out this year. Here’s our list (by no means definitive) of the most interesting books on food to come out so far :

Curry: A Global History by Collen Taylor Sen (Speaking Tiger)

Food writer Collen Taylor Sen’s exploration into the origins of curry is the perfect read for those who like their food wrapped in history and served with dollops of trivia. Sen documents not just the origins of what is undoubtedly the most popular Indian dish in the West, but also looks at its many variations and adaptations across continents and cultures. Historical and modern curry recipes (from the kind served at Akbar’s court to Malaysian Nonya-style chicken curry) are an added bonus.

Jasmine & Jinns by Sadia Dehlvi (HarperCollins)

This one is a treat for those who love the cuisines of Old Delhi. Jasmine & Jinns combines food with memories as author Sadia Dehlvi recounts a childhood spent in the bylanes of old Delhi. The memoir then becomes a window into the kitchens of Old Delhi. The book presents recipes of not just the classic dishes such as qorma, shaami kebab, kofta but also presents recipes according to seasons and festivals. It also packs in a guide to the best Old Delhi street food and where to find it.

Romancing the Chicks: Stories, Recipes and Thoughts by Mandaar Sukhtankar (Westland)

Don’t be misled by the title. This book has no dating tips or anecdotes of love affairs past. Hyderabad-based chef Mandaar Sukhtankar brings together his food writings and a variety of recipes in this book making it a breezy read. From food recipes, meditations on various ingredients, to culinary haunts and cooking techniques, this one has a little bit of it all.

My First Kitchen by Vikas Khanna (Penguin Random House)

This one is for the newbies in the kitchen. Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna’s latest book is a beginner’s guide to cooking. My First Kitchen offers over a 100 recipes, and tips on how to preserve, store, cook ingredients, and the gadgets and utensils you’d need if you’re just setting up your kitchen.

The Travelling Belly by Kalyan Karmakar (Hachette India)

In The Travelling Belly, food blogger Kalyan Karmakar writes about the popular snacks, local cuisines and street food of 11 Indian cities, including Kolkata, Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. It is the perfect guide for the foodie who also loves to travel.

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