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    Description'I was born in a sprawling house by the Yamuna River in Delhi. When I was a few minutes old, Grandmother welcomed me into the world by writing "Om", which means "I am" in Sanskrit, on my tongue with a little finger dipped in honey. When the family priest arrived to draw up my horoscope, he scribbled astrological symbols on a long scroll, and set down a name for me, Indrani, or "queen of the heavens". My father ignored him completely and proclaimed my name was to be Madhur ("sweet as honey").' So begins Madhur Jaffrey's enchanting memoir of her childhood in India. Her description of growing up a in a very large, wealthy family (half a train was booked to transport the family from Delhi to the mountains for the summer) conjures up the spirit of a long lost age. Whether climbing the mango trees in her grandparents' orchard, armed with a mixture of salt, pepper, red chillies, and roasted cumin, or enjoying picnics in the foothills of the Himalayas, reached by foot, rickshaw, palanquin or horse, where meatballs stuffed with sultanas and mint leaves, cauliflowers flavoured with ginger and coriander, and spiced pooris with hot green mango pickle were devoured, food forms a major leitmotiv of this beautifully written memoir. With recipes drawn from memories of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, weddings, and picnics, moving effortlessly from the lamb meatballs of Moghul emperors to the tamarind chutneys of the streets, this book will appeal to keen armchair cooks, as well as fans of Madhur the world over.


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    Title
    Climbing the Mango Trees
    Subtitle
    A Memoir of a Childhood in India
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Madhur Jaffrey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091908935
    ISBN 10: 0091908930
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: WB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    DC22: 641.5092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA
    Thema V1.0: WB, DNC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FKA
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookery author. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and her series for BBC television Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery made her a household name. She has appeared in over 20 films, including Merchant Ivory's Heat and Dust, and written over 15 cookery books, including Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible (2003), published by Ebury Press.
    Review quote
    "Memoirs don't come much more mouthwatering than this" You Magazine "'...looks to be a real treat. It will appeal to the legion of Madhur Jaffrey fans and to armchair cooks everywhere with its evocative story'" The Bookseller "With the sparkle of a true storyteller, Madhur Jaffrey leads the reader through her childhood in India with enchanting warmth and grace...Recollections of her vast family's changing relationships...are told through vivid colours, rich flavours of spice and sweetness, and intense smells, textures, sounds and feelings. Those who like getting their teeth into a good biography will be pleased to receive this" Easy Living "Enchanting...redolent of spices and the smells of cooking all under the Indian sun" Daily Express