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Bong Mom's Cookbook

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The elaborate Sunday morning breakfasts, the seasonal delicacies, the preserves that made available non-seasonal flavours – this is the stuff of childhood memories. Tragically, given the sheer pace of life today, it has become harder and harder to follow in our mothers’ footsteps, to recreate moments of bonding in the kitchen, to maintain family traditions, especially when ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 2013 by HarperCollins India
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Kichu Sharmila
Sandeepa's book takes you through the lanes of memories and stories woven around food with warmth and humour.
Just like a child listening to tales, the lucid words hold you in rapt attention making you want not to put the book down even for a while.
Don't go just by the word 'cookbook'; it is much more than that.
Her recipes, as well as her mother's and grandmother's that she shares, are actually a bonus. As are the tips at the end of some chapters.
The simlpicity of the book, its illustrations as
Jul 01, 2014 Metaps rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
This Bongmom has a story to tell (stories to tell) and she has the art of a master story teller! But somewhere as you read along, you realize she's telling YOUR stories! She's narrating your experiences, putting into words your feelings, your dreams, your fervent whispered prayers.... It's like her mind's eye looked into the nooks and crannies of your soul, and rapturously laid out the memories like a childhood friend sitting beside you on a bench, laughing over the shared experiences, neither o ...more
I follow the author's blog and her recipes have worked wonderfully well for me. That said, when the book did come out, I wanted it. I bought it as a bday gift for my food-obsessed and cook-extraordinaire, Bengali food lover husband :)

Recipe-wise, this book gave us what we wanted. Stories wise - I liked the book for the easy-breezy read. One of the things that keep cropping up is her easy style of conversation, very much like her blog. It's like listening to a friend talk about how she is trying
I was born in Bengal, so I feel a whole lot of me is Bengali. People often ask my husband, “Is your wife a Bengali?” He says, “She is not, but her soul is”. Living in Delhi for 12 years now, I miss the traditional Bengali food. Married in a Punjabi home, the smell of fish is a no-no. Though when we cook fish, it is with the chimney, the exhaust on and all the bedroom doors closed, followed by burning candles to ward of the remnant smell. When I go mishti shopping in Delhi, the ones I want are no ...more
Zoe Perrett
I hate recipe-only books, free from roots, heart and feeling, where all the essential ingredients are missing. The futility of fat-free sorbet when what you really wanted was Haagen Dazs. In comparison to those spartan tomes, ‘Bong Mom’s Cookbook’ is shahi kulfi.

So rich that a single spoonful is too much and a whole bucket is nowhere near enough. I wanted to feast on Sandeepa’s family tales until I felt thoroughly sick. But no matter how hard I tried to ration the words like rainbow sprinkles,
Vani Mysoorean
Sandeepa's book follows the style of her blog (also Bong Mom's Cookbook)- conversational, packed with humor in real-life situations and easy for the reader to read and connect to. A few classic Bengali recipes and anecdotes about them are thrown in for good measure, with her own twists and takes on the classics. Her book effortlessly travels between the kitchens she has known from her years in India and her own in New Jersey where she now lives. Nostalgic at times, practical others, it makes for ...more
A thoroughly enjoyable book. Not so much for the recipes (which must be good too, I just haven't tried them yet) but the humour with which the author recounts stories from her childhood and current motherhood, all around Bong food that every Bong simply lives to eat. I am even inspired to ask her for the recipe for Ghugni with Keema that she mentions in her book, and maybe try my hand at patishapta, crepes filled with a coconut-jaggery filling, that I devour whenever I can get my teeth into them ...more
As a long time reader of Bong Mom's blog, I was absolutely and utterly delighted by her book. Quite apart from the extremely well written recipes, she shares her life with her readers with honesty and humour. Even if you don't cook a single recipe from it, the book is an absolute treasure and a joy to read. Thank you, Sandeepa, for writing this lovely book.
Very snappy style of writing and some very warm anecdotes. My only grudge against the book was that the editing could've been better and I couldnt understand where the story ended and where the dish description/ recipe began. The transition could've been done better. Otherwise, a very nice, warm and personal read.
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