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Bong Mom's Cookbook : Stories From A Bengali Mother's Kitchen Paperback – March 3, 2015
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"Datta manages to break the myth that cooking Bengali food is "complicated", for her recipes are easy and her narrative--lucid, yes, you almost smell each dish! Wish each recipe had a photo to reckon with too. However what you enjoy most are the little tales that Datta weaves amid her tips for making "aloo-chorchori", "bhapa ilish" in her chic US Kitchen" -- Hindustan Times
"...a rich tapestry of recipes weaved in between stories of Datta's childhood in West Bengal and Bihar and post-marriage life in New Jersey. ....a hilarious read where Didas' and Mashis' grumble about the inequity of neighbours and the planning of weddings all the while trying to raise offspring on a diet of Maach and Rabindrasangeet." - The Indian Express
"An easy narrative coupled with helpful and practical tips make a new Bengali cookbook a must-have in the kitchen." - The New Indian Express
"...Garnished liberally with humorous anecdotes, starring an extended cast of family and friends, .... her light touch ensures that the fare dished up works like magic. Via kitchen and blog, she busts the myth that Bengalis survive on a diet of fish and rosogollas.
.....Her authentic, slice-of-life sharing of Bengali life in a wired world win over both the reader and the cook. Take a bow, Bong Mom's Cookbook, no matter the avatar. " - The Hindu Business Line
Authentic and enjoyable, clear and personal, studded with anecdotes that warm the heart and stir up your own memories of your favourite family recipes, Bong Mo s Cookbook is a delight to read. The only problem ; you ll have to interrupt your reading many times to try out these mouth-watering recipes! --Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Sister of My Heart, One Amazing Thing and Oleander Girl
About the Author
Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta is Bong Mom, the nom de plume behind the very popular blog Bong Mom's Cookbook (www.bongcookbook.com). She has been entertaining her readers for over six years, and is the go-to for Bengali cooking on the web. An engineer by profession, she lives with her family in New Jersey, USA. This is her first book, based on the themes of her blog.
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However I must say one should not approach this as a cookbook - because that will definitely disappoint. There are not that many recipes and being a Bong myself almost all were familiar ones. I was hoping for more dessert recipes as a good book on Bengali desserts is long due but I was disappointed on that front too. Also there are no pictures and being a visual person myself that was off putting. The quality of the pages and the binding is not that great. I got the book yesterday and after a couple of hours of reading, the spine has separated from the book.
To be fair I must still say overall I would still buy it and yes I prefer the blog over the book.
Last summer, we were on a drive along through some back-country roads with our friends and their two boys (aged 14 and 10). To pass the time, I started a read-along of this tiny book I'd packed with me. It was singularly the most entertaining drive we've ever had! Sandeepa's narratives evoked stories and counter stories, threw up excited exchanges of experiences, brought forth a barrage of curious questions and aha's from the kids, and had us all gleefully smiling, nodding and totally engaged!
Sure, I too like the blog, with the ease of its search engine and beautiful pictures, better. But this tiny book sometimes goes further --- when you need a conversation starter with an unfamiliar guest --- when an army of six develop a sudden craving for Bhapa Doi, and that blessed phone on northern Lake Michigan shores still doesn't show any coverage --- when after a busy day, I just need to tuck in with a light book, reading anecdotes that bring dreamy smiles...
However, I was disappointed with the quality of paper, binding, and lack of pictures. I was at least expecting a picture of the author.