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HT Picks: This week’s most interesting books

The reading list this week includes a sumptuous cookbook, an eerie novel, and a volume that examines the real causes of depression

books Updated: Jan 19, 2018 23:10 IST
HT Team
HT Team
Hindustan Times
The Foodhall Cookbook,Vikram Paralkar,Johann Hari
Horror, food, and depression... All that on this week’s list of recommended reads!(HT Team)

THE FOODHALL COOKBOOK

Foodhall is a premium lifestyle food superstore for people who understand and enjoy the finer nuances and aspects of food. Foodhall presents its first cookbook curated by one of the finest food and ingredients stores in the country, this book not just takes you around the world to enjoy the recipes shared by star chefs from modern European to Asian contemporary Indian to Mediterranean, and not to be missed, dream desserts. It also brings together the food philosophy of the region as well as the neverending love for food on your platter. With ingredients sourced from across the continents now within your reach enjoy this culinary extravaganza.

THE WOUNDS OF THE DEAD

A surgeon working in a dilapidated clinic in the hinterland is visited in the dead of night by a family – a man, his pregnant wife and their eight-year-old son. Victims of a senseless attack, they reveal to the surgeon wounds that they could not possibly have survived. In a narrative that blends medicine and metaphysics, the surgeon is then issued a preposterous task: to mend the wounds of the dead before sunrise so that the family can return to life. But this is not the only challenge laid before him, and it is only as the night unfolds and morning dawns that the surgeon realizes just how inextricably his future is tied to that of the dead.

Weaving surgical detail with philosophy and absurdism, The Wounds of the Dead is a novel that’s at once grittily realistic and magically unreal, and which will remain with you long after you have read the final page.

LOST CONNECTIONS

What really causes depression and anxiety – and how can we truly solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari has suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when only a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in social sciences, he began to investigate if this was true – and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

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Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems in the way we live today. Hari’s journey took him form a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

It is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 23:09 IST