India for You
I love the flavors of curry, cumin, and cilantro. My mother never used them in her cooking. I wonder why? Your family’s history back through multiple generations is fascinating when you discover
Book Review: NOT FOR YOU, Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods, Book One
Author: Nandita Godbole 2017
Who came before you?
Where & how they lived—did they live on easy-street or was life difficult?
How did they celebrate milestones and holidays?
Are there still family secrets, family recipes that no one shares, or even knows about?
Nandita Godbole, in her book, NOT FOR YOU, Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods, gives us a perfect example of how to preserve and present both. With a glimpse into the history of India moving forward from 1857, she speaks of life: of love, marriage, family obstacles, and the significance and grace food plays in our lives.
Nandita offers Book One as the introduction to her family story and rewards us with authentic Indian recipes: Kolmbi: Spicy Shrimp in Tomatoes; Satyagahi Cha: A Freedom Fighter’s Tea; and, Pineapple Malpua (Fritters) with chutneys and breads and rice dishes, too—not many, just enough to give you a taste of India from a personal point-of-view.
IF you have thought of assembling a family cookbook to preserve your family’s recipes, do consider adding in your family’s story. Ask siblings and cousins to contribute their accounts of what they remember from Grandma and her cooking. Gift this book to inspire their thoughts and participation with you – it’s short, only 76 pages, but they are full of a family’s history that, like your own, should never be lost or forgotten.
Be sure to stop by Nandita’s splendid website and blog.
We invite you to try Nandita's recipe for
A Freedom Fighter’s Tea;
included in our partner-review of
NOT FOR YOU
posted by Linda Kissam at PNWTourist.com.
Recipe & photos courtesy of Nandita Godbole.
Available where books are sold.
Disclaimer: The authors were given a copy of the book to review. This is a normal practice in the book review industry. In no way did receiving the book free influence our review.