Mangoes & Curry Leaves

Mangoes & Curry Leaves

Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent

By Jeffrey Alford; Naomi Duguid

Artisan Publishers, Hardcover, 9781579652524, 381pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2005

Description
For this companion volume to the award-winning "Hot Sour Salty Sweet," Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid travel west from Southeast Asia to that vast landmass the colonial British called the Indian Subcontinent. It includes not just India, but extends north to Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal and as far south as Sri Lanka, the island nation so devastated by the recent tsunami. For people who love food and cooking, this vast region is a source of infinite variety and eye-opening flavors.
Home cooks discover the Tibetan-influenced food of Nepal, the Southeast Asian tastes of Sri Lanka, the central Asian grilled meats and clay-oven breads of the northwest frontier, the vegetarian cooking of the Hindus of southern India and of the Jain people of Gujarat. It was just twenty years ago that cooks began to understand the relationships between the multifaceted cuisines of the Mediterranean; now we can begin to do the same with the foods of the Subcontinent.


About the Author
Jeffrey Alford is a writer and photographer based primarily in northeast Thailand and Cambodia. He plants and harvests rice each year; helps raise frogs and several varieties of fish; and happily struggles along in three languages: Central Thai, Lao Isaan, and Northern Khmer. His forthcoming book, to be published in 2014, is tentatively titled "How Pea Cooks: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village". His earlier books, all co-written with Naomi Duguid, are "Flatbreads and Flavors;""HomeBaking; Seductions of Rice; Hot Sour Salty Sweet; Mangoes and Curry Leaves"; and "Beyond the Great Wall." Jeffrey is currently developing a series of intensive culinary tours through northeastern Thailand and western Cambodia (the Angkor Wat area) under the name of Heritage Food Thailand.

Naomi Duguid is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook, and world traveler. Her most recent cookbook, "Burma", brought news of a long-forgotten part of the world and was winner of the 2013 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel and the Taste Canada Food Writing Award. Her previous award-winning titles, co-authored with Jeffrey Alford, include "Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker s Atlas", their first book, which won a James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year; "Seductions of Rice";" Hot Sour Salty Sweet", also a James Beard Cookbook of the Year; "Mangoes & Curry Leaves"; and"Beyond the Great Wall". Duguid s articles and photographs appear regularly in"Lucky Peach", "Food & Wine", and other publications. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at food conferences. She is the host of Toronto s Food on Film series and has a strong online presence (Twitter and Facebook). Her stock photo agency, Asia Access, is based in Toronto, where she lives when she is not on the road.