CURRIES AND BUGLES: A Memoir and a Cookbook of the British Raj by Jennifer Brennan

CURRIES AND BUGLES: A Memoir and a Cookbook of the British Raj

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A daughter and granddaughter of the British Raj, Brennan (The Original Thai Cookbook, 1981) grew up in India and looks on the hybrid Raj cuisine as comfort food. And so a cuisine that was scorned here a short generation ago as Americans were getting into authentic Indian food might get more sympathy in these days of our meatloaf-and-mashed-potatoes revival. Not that the food is similar: With its strong Indian base and combinations of curry-like spices, Raj fare is still more interesting than square-meal American, though rarely as complex as the finest Indian food. Most of Brennan's recipes mix Indian and British ingredients and traditions in one way or another, and all are presented here in the context of the daily routines and social customs of this snobbish, endlessly socializing class--of which her text contains enough quoted memoirs and fond family memories to overstuff the most doting latter-day Jewel in the Crown enthusiast.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1990
Publisher: HarperCollins