Title:Curry - A Biography
This delightful book is both a history of the Indian sub-continent seen through a history of its food and the story of curry from Delhi to Darlington, Bombay to Birmingham Curry changed and evolved according to the tastes of the various invaders of India. The Mughals (at the time of Henry VIII in England) brought with them the rice dishes of Persia; the Portuguese introduced the chilli peppers recently discovered by Christopher Columbus in the New World; and the Mrs Beetons and Eliza Actons of the British Raj added jam and apples to their curry recipes. The Raj also ensured that curry came the other way, from India to Britain - and today the British consume no less than 18 tonnes a year of their favourite chicken tikka marsala, a dish which purists claim is not Indian at all, but meat in gravy whipped up with a few spices (and sometimes a can of tomato soup!)...
Second hand Hardback