Madhur Jaffrey: Today’s most highly regarded writer on Indian food gives us an enchanting memoir of her childhood in Delhi in an age and a society that has since disappeared.
Madhur Jaffrey grew up in a large family compound where her grandfather often presided over dinners at which 40 or more members of his extended family savored together the wonderfully flavorful dishes that were forever imprinted on Madhur’s palate.
Climbing mango trees in the orchard, armed with spices; picnicking in the Himalayan foothills on meatballs stuffed into freshly baked pooris; sampling the heady flavors in the lunch box of a fellow Muslim student; sneaking tastes of exotic street food these are the food memories Madhur Jaffrey draws on as a way of telling the story of the independent, sensitive, and ever-curious young girl she was.
Climbing the Mango Tree is both an enormously appealing account of an unusual childhood and a testament to the power of food to evoke memory, a treasure of a book that contains a dozen family recipes that Madhur shares with us.
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We are delighted to celebrate the publication of Madhur Jaffrey's Climbing the Mango Tree. Madhur has been a long time supporter, friend and member of the IAAC Board of Advisors. We honoured her at our Annual IAAC Film Festival at the Lincoln Center, November 2006, for her wonderful continued support of the IAAC, as well as her superb contribution to Indian and world culinary arts, theatre and film.
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