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Curries and Bugles: A Memoir and Cook Book of the British Raj
Author Jennifer Brennan grew up in the heart of the British Raj in India, a witness to the unique lifestyle and delectable cuisine born of the fusion between the Anglo and Indian worlds. In Curries and Bugles, winner of the 1990 Best Book in Literary Food Writing by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Ms. Brennan entertains readers with tales from this ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 31st 2000 by Tuttle Publishing
(first published October 25th 1990)
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I read this every morning over cereal in bits and bites and although every Liberal Arts class I ever had says "ohmygodcolonizationistheworstrunnnnnn", there is something to be said for the stodgy comfort of British food and routines like tea mixed with spicy unpredictable India. Comfort, but not the Edna Lewis kind.
I did enjoy reading this book and seeing the many recipes listed and the many things the English got up to at their hill stations and I wonder of all these things what did my ancestors make of all this and did they engage in the same activities or was it different for them as they were for the most part lowly soldiers.
While born in the United Kingdom, Brennan and her family had roots in India where her mother and grandmother were born. The author of several cookbooks, she lived a colorful life in a number of Asian countries.More about Jennifer Brennan...