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Curry : A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors

By (author) Lizzie Collingham

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This imaginative book tells the history of India and its rulers through their food. It follows the story of curry as it spread from the courts of Delhi to the balti houses of Birmingham. Curry is the product of India's long history of invasion. In the wake of the Mughal conquerors, an army of cooks brought Persian recipes to northern India; in the south, Portugese spice merchants introduced vinegar marinades and the chillies they had recently discovered in the New World; the British soon followed, with their passion for roast meat accompanied by cauliflowers and beans. When these new ingredients were mixed with native spices, they produced those disinctly Inidan dishes. Curry tells the story of an array of familar Indian dishes and the people who invented, discovered, cooked and ate them. Teeming with colourful characters, rich in anecdote and meticulously researched, Curry is vivid, entertaining and delicious.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 124.5 x 195.6 x 22.9mm | 294.84g
  • 06 Jul 2006
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • English
  • 0099437864
  • 9780099437864
  • 95,341

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Lizzie Collingham taught history at the University of Warwick before becoming a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. She is the author of Imperial Bodies: the physical experience of the Raj, c. 1800 - 1947. Now a freelance scholar and writer, she has lived in Sweden, Germany, Australia and France, but is still looking for a place to settle.

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"Marvellous and well-illustrated...based on exhaustive research and full of intriguing nuggets of information" -- Chandak Sengoopta Independent "A beautifully balanced book, melding historical fact with modern anecdotes... It's the definitive history of curry" Mail on Sunday "Fascinating and meticulously researched... layers historical fact with mouth-watering dinner table gossip of maharajah's epicurean excesses" -- Meera Syal The Times "Original and highly entertaining" Daily Mail

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