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A culture as ancient as India´s, as layered and as plural, inevitably rejoices in a fascinatingly rich history of food, feeding and eating. The most ancient scriptures prescribe and proscribe on the subject, life cycle rituals are intricately bound up with it, and the symbolism of food is part of everyday life. Land of Milk and Honey tells the stories of India´s food. Rich A culture as ancient as India´s, as layered and as plural, inevitably rejoices in a fascinatingly rich history of food, feeding and eating. The most ancient scriptures prescribe and proscribe on the subject, life cycle rituals are intricately bound up with it, and the symbolism of food is part of everyday life. Land of Milk and Honey tells the stories of India´s food. Rich in detail and discovery, the essays included here range from the rituals of propitiatory meals - from feeding the gods, the priest, the son-in-law or the dead - to the historic symbolism of milk, and from the probable 15th Century Portuguese origins of the traditional sweets of Bengal to the intricate variety of art connected with food and ritual.


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A culture as ancient as India´s, as layered and as plural, inevitably rejoices in a fascinatingly rich history of food, feeding and eating. The most ancient scriptures prescribe and proscribe on the subject, life cycle rituals are intricately bound up with it, and the symbolism of food is part of everyday life. Land of Milk and Honey tells the stories of India´s food. Rich A culture as ancient as India´s, as layered and as plural, inevitably rejoices in a fascinatingly rich history of food, feeding and eating. The most ancient scriptures prescribe and proscribe on the subject, life cycle rituals are intricately bound up with it, and the symbolism of food is part of everyday life. Land of Milk and Honey tells the stories of India´s food. Rich in detail and discovery, the essays included here range from the rituals of propitiatory meals - from feeding the gods, the priest, the son-in-law or the dead - to the historic symbolism of milk, and from the probable 15th Century Portuguese origins of the traditional sweets of Bengal to the intricate variety of art connected with food and ritual.

31 review for Land of Milk and Honey: Travels in the History of Indian Food

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    I enjoyed this book and discovered that I am so glad that, as a woman, I wasn't born in India! Especially, that I was never an Indian widow. What a sad state to live in - no pretty clothes, no jewelry, no make-up, and practically no food! Doesn't sound like a good life at all. The book was full of history, traditions, culture, etc., all very interesting. And, of course, the men rule - another reason I'm glad not to have been born there. Still, the book was fascinating and gives a good glimpse in I enjoyed this book and discovered that I am so glad that, as a woman, I wasn't born in India! Especially, that I was never an Indian widow. What a sad state to live in - no pretty clothes, no jewelry, no make-up, and practically no food! Doesn't sound like a good life at all. The book was full of history, traditions, culture, etc., all very interesting. And, of course, the men rule - another reason I'm glad not to have been born there. Still, the book was fascinating and gives a good glimpse into life in India.

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