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Title : The Hour of the Goddess: Memories of Women, Food and Ritual in Bengal
Author : Chitrita Banerji
Edition : Paperback
ISBN : 014400142X
Pages : 160p.
Year of Pub : 2006
Price : Rs 195.00
Food constitutes an integral aspect of the intellectual and cultural milieu of Bengal, and rituals, social customs and day-to-day routine are closely interwined with the preparation of traditional dishes by the women of the household. The quintessential Bengali emphasis on food was brilliantly encapsulated by Chitrita Banerji in Life and Food in Bengal. In the Hour of the Goddess, she returns with an unbeatable combination of cultural insight, personal anecdote and mouthwatering recipes. Intimate yet objective, it examines the complex connection between food, ritual and art in Bengal. Written in her inimitable style, the book takes the reader on a journey that spans Banerji`s personal growth from girlhood to womanhood in Calcutta. Gastronomy and social commentary combine to form a lucid, thoroughly enjoyable book that covers, among other things, offerings made to gods, restrictions impose on widows, cooking tools, the tole played by maidservants in Bengali households, and customs associated with eating.


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