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Squirrel Pie has delicious tales of food travel

Elisabeth Luard’s Squirrel Pie is a collection of delicious food tales, to be enjoyed by anyone who loves food- cooking, eating, reading about it or just looking at it.

books Updated: Sep 16, 2016 09:32 IST
Medha Shri Dahiya
Award-winning food writer Elisabeth Luard’s book Squirrel Pie is not your usual cookery book.
Award-winning food writer Elisabeth Luard’s book Squirrel Pie is not your usual cookery book. (Photo: Claire Richardson/Bloomsbury Publishing)

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Award-winning food writer Elisabeth Luard needs no introduction. Through her food columns and food writing, she has become an authority on all things gastronomical. Her book Squirrel Pie offers the readers a closer look at local food across the globe.

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The delicious stories are divided into sections such as: Forest, Islands, Rivers and Deserts. She illustrates that no matter what surface, eco-system or country you are in, there is food that can be gathered, picked, hunted and grown. And many renowned critics have appreciated Luard’s book for this. There are more than 50 recipes to be collected in the book, which are incidental to the interesting food writing that the book is about. From the Squirrel Pie to Woodstock Toasts to Braised Toast Tongue, and the famous Indian garam masala, the book offers local recipes, from Maine, Extremadura, Rhone and Guajarat. Her food experience is entertaining and marveling. From gathering snails for broth, to opening oysters apart, and even kneading the dough for rotis, she takes the readers on interesting food experiences with her. The anecdotes sometimes evoke laughter.

Award-winning food writer Elisabeth Luard’s Squirrel Pie and Other Stories (Bloomsbury India; INR: 599) is not your regular cookery book.

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While writing about the place and its food habits, she also comments about the local political and social atmosphere of the place too. This, at times, helps the reader to not only understand the food culture of a place but also what shapes it. However, some of the information about history and social set up proffered, could be inaccurate too. For instance, in the chapter on Guajarat, the word ‘tribals’ is used for ‘dalits’. Yet, those who love food – cooking, eating or just reading about it - would love the book.

Fact file:

Title: Squirrel Pie and Other Stories

Author: Elisabeth Luard

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Price: INr 599

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