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The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles Paperback – November 15, 2012
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The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles got me right from the title itself! The easy style, the well-written recipes, the personal memoirs were all interesting to read. --SMITA CHANDRA, author of Cuisines of India
There are 180 recipes in The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles. In each recipe, Rinku Bhattacharya tells you the story behind each one, giving a family history, a personal story, the origins of each unique recipe...all of which will compel you to try each of them. Rinku has written a wonderful and thoughtful cookbook; it is a journey through Bengali cuisine. --From the Toque and Apron Website
Peppered with wonderful family stories. history and Bengali culture, this book is entertaining, educational and delicious. There are 180 easy to follow recipes - both traditional and contemporary - and a thorough guide to spice blends and pastes. --Spabettie.com
The dishes are rich, complex, and take you on a journey far, far, away. (Unless you live in India, West Bengal, or Bangladesh.) Every recipe I have tried has been absolutely delicious, and the author tells wonderful stories about the origin of each dish, her family traditions and memories, and ingredient tidbits. I learned so much reading this book; it's a keeper! --Stephanie Weaver at Recipe Renovator.com
Rinku Bhattacharya has written what could be called the definitive book on Bengali Cooking for the American audience. And, even for those like me who are making a life outside of India and crave the comforting flavors of home. --Suvir Saran, Author of Indian Home Cooking and Masala Farm
"Contemporary yet traditional, refined yet candid, exuberant yet sublime, The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles is a warm and inviting book of family recipes that convey Rinku Bhattacharya's passion for the flavors and tastes of West Bengal." --AMMINI RAMACHANDRAN, author of Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts
"I am enchanted by the authentic Bengali recipes, sure-fire techniques, and family anecdotes. This is a winning cookbook." --BHARTI KIRCHNER, author of The Healthy Cuisine of India and Tulip Season
". . . offers a panoramic view of one of India's most delicious and least-known regional cuisines . . . sure to become indispensable to those of us in the vast Bengali diaspora who miss the flavors and aromas of home." --INDRANI SEN, freelance writer and adjunct professor at the City University of New York
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I appreciated the extensive prose that preceded every chapter and the descriptive paragraph accompanying every recipe. Bengali cuisine will not be familiar to many home cooks and the author's descriptions of life in India, anecdotes and comments about how she has adapted dishes to U.S. ingredients and current cooking trends are a nice bridge between cultures. She also delivers a concise history of the region and her background in the Introduction and Preface.
There are 25 color photographs clustered together in the middle of the book and it would have been nice to have more, but it was probably cost-prohibitive. Especially when cooking dishes that are likely to be unfamiliar it's nice to have a photograph as a guide to what the end product should look like.
The Bengali Five Spices, Panch Phoron, that are profiled in the beginning actually do not appear together in many of the recipes.Read more ›
Rinku's prose is vivid and colorful. I could clearly imagine "heralding the morning with the sound of a conch shell blown by the mistress of the house." Wait...I am the mistress of the house and I do have a conch shell. Hmmmm....I'm not sure my boys would appreciate that kind of wake-up call!
And her recipes...so far I've tried Golden Cauliflower in Orange Mustard Sauce, Sweet and Spice Curried Cabbage, Curried Turkey Meatballs, and Mashed Smoked Eggplant. I am going to try my hand at some of her sweets this weekend.
These dishes were easy to make, teeming with flavor, and rendered my family silent at the table. Amazing! They were too busy enjoying these exotic flavors to talk.
The book offers a cultural context to Bengali cuisine without going over the top. The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles presents a new dimension of Indian cuisine beyond the usual restaurant staple fare.
The recipes where the author blends contemporary influences with Bengali flavors are very interesting and I would have liked to see more of them. I would have also liked to see more color photographs of the food and the Bengali landscape, embellishing the author's narrative.
This is a great book for anyone interested in broadening their horizons on Indian food and culture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find it a very interesting tale of wonder and mystery ... I especially enjoy the bit about Rakesh and the Bengali bashers! ... I aspire to be one myself someday, please... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Brown
Its an amazing book for learning Bengali cooking. A perfect guide for someone who has never got a chance to taste and cook Bengali cuisine. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Muktanil DuttaRoy
The book is amazing! It is easy to use and easy to follow. Everything is clearly explained in the beginning. I am having a lot of fun using this book!Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a Bengali in the US and a pretty amateur cook. I bought this book last week and love it! I have already tried four recipes and they were all delicious:
Mesho's... Read more
So much interesting material here! I collect cookbooks, have a few other Indian recipe collections in my library, but this one is different. Read morePublished 16 months ago by L. Mountford
I buy a TON of cookbooks but never bother to review them. I feel compelled to write one for this. Very interesting recipes and anecdotes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A. Gadkari
Having tried a lot of Indian cooking before, I was intrigued by this book. The cover appealed to me straight away. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Pegster
The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles presents the food of Eastern India. The essentials of rice, fish, greens, and grains might be similar to other Indian cuisine, but how these... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ali Julia
Rather boring & not really true indian food recipes, most have the authors twist & not what we wanted.Published 17 months ago by Ms. Corky Savage