Posted in Food and Drink, My Bibliothèque, Non Fiction

{ Book Review } – In Defence of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a pill sized summary, the book tells us to ” Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” It opens with this and it is also all that it has to offer to us. But it ends up winding 200 pages filled with small portions of excellent food wisdom, some of which is pretty common today, and large portions of extremely boring, number crunching information, which I found so exhausting that I ended up not even bothering to fact check them: I just speed read them and moved on. I felt that what was 20, may be 40 page manifesto about eating in moderation, mostly local and vegetarian was stuffed with two beanbag worth of fillers to make it sound impactful. But those 20 pages are something that I found to a really interesting perspective on food. So hang in there for those, it was worth it.

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{ Book review } – The Flavour of Spice by Marryam H. Reshii!

The Flavour of SpiceThe Flavour of Spice by Marryam H. Reshii

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a self-described foodie that I am, reading food-themed non-fiction is not my forte. Quite frankly, nonfiction, in general, is not my forte. But reading about food make reading nonfiction easier for me. So, in a bid to read more nonfiction, in the latter half of 2018, I picked up 2 non-fiction books on this subject. One is Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat ( which I still haven’t finished ), and the second is The Flavour of Spice by Marryam Reshi. Hoping to add to that count gradually, every year. I cannot assure you if you will love the book, but what I am sure about is that once you are done with the book, you will not look at a grain of mustard or poppy, a piece of cinnamon, a corn of pepper or a strand saffron in the same way as before.

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Posted in Fiction, Food and Drink, My Bibliothèque, Women's Fiction

{ Book Review } – The Vegetarian by Han Kang!

I have always believed that that Literary Award Winners do not turn out to be great for me. So, when my previous pick, “All the Light You Cannot See” turned out to a good one, I started on The Han King with a lot of optimism. But, I wish I could say I could I enjoyed it. Because The Vegetarian by Han Kang did not turn out to be the book that left me revelling in its after-effects. I say this because that is what usually happens to me when I really enjoy a book. And that is also the reason I don’t rate books in x number of stars or points out of 10. How I liked/did not like the book is often impossible to quantify in numbers or stars. To begin with, The Vegetarian was nowhere even close to what I had thought it would. The book and its premise had got me super curious and super interested but it was way off my expectations/initial impressions of it. Not that it is always a bad thing, but when that happens, I am no longer 100% invested in finishing it. In this change, it is a short book so I hang on to it, but the progression didn’t translate into the book getting interesting for me. I already suspect that anyone reading my review will find it inexplicably bizarre, which is exactly how I found the book to be. But I will give it a try.

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Posted in Food and Drink, My Bibliothèque, Romance

{ Book Review } – Alphabet Soup for Lovers by Anita Nair!

Alphabet Soup for Lovers is not a collection of recipes. Nor is it a riveting tale of two ill-fated lovers who get together after a long struggle, sacrifices or a display of strong character. For me, Alphabet Soup for Lovers felt like tucking in a bowl of warm, ghee laced khichdi, occasionally biting into a whole peppercorn or a piece of mango pickle accompanied by a rather limp, oil soaked papad which should have brought it some texture and flavours into the khichdi but ended up rather being a nuisance.

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Posted in Fantasy, Food and Drink, Magical Realism, My Bibliothèque

{ Book Review } – Chocolat by Joanne Harris!

Chocolat is a novel about a young single mother, Vianne Rocher, who arrives in a tiny yet picturesque French village of Lansquenet on Tannes with her daughter Anouk and opens a chocolaterie just before Lent. In a village that has, till now, let a simple and strictly by-the-book life, mostly thanks to the village priest Francis Reynaud who believes himself to be the village’s moral and religious compass, this causes an uproar. Obviously, tensions run high and for a while, it feels that Vianne and Anouk are never going to find a home in this village with its lovely, compassionate, yet a little scared, residents. However, with a bit of faith, belief, magic and lots of chocolate (Vianne has a knack for guessing people’s favorite kind of chocolate), they don’t just make friends in Lansquenet but also find a home.

We came on the wind of the carnival. A warm wind for February, laden with the hot greasy scents of frying pancakes and sausages and powdery sweet waffles cooked on a hot plate right there by the roadside.

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{Book Review} – Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell !

Julie and Julia is a book where a 30-something secretary, who lives in Long Island city with her husband, Eric and a number of pets, including a snake called Zuzu (?),  named Julie Powell chronicles her experiences about her self-invented “Julie/Julia Project” and her experiences through those 365 days. The Julie/Julia project entails cooking 524 recipes from the Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking ( MtAoFC) in the span of one year and documenting her experiences in her blog. She comes up with this project to break the monotony of her boring life.

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