Book Review : Suite Française

Yet another one of my delightful finds at the now-famous books by the kilo sale from December 2012, "Suite Française" is an excellent addition to my growing collection of books based on the Second World War. A veritable masterpiece, though written in 1941 during and after the siege of Paris, when the author herself was... Continue Reading →

The Birth of a Book: The Honey Hunter

A serendipitous collaboration is how Anita Roy of Zubaan Publications described "The Honey Hunters," written by Karthika Nair and illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet. Developed initially for DESH, a dance show, The Honey Hunters was born out of a discussion about the age-old diasporic problem of the loss of a language. "None of my friends speak... Continue Reading →

Book Review : Monet’s Cookery Notebooks

Like most people, I love the Impressionists and I started my lessons in Art with Claude Monet’s beautiful works. Sue Roe’s “The Private Lives of the Impressionists” waits patiently on my bedside table to be finished, giving way to a more recent purchase, “Monet’s Cookery Notebooks.”Acquired at the first edition of the books by the... Continue Reading →

Book Review : Cobwebs and Cream Teas

The title conjured images of a rambling house and high teas with pots and pots of English tea and cream scones, stuff that filled the novels of my childhood...so when I saw the book thrust between hundreds of others at the unique "buy books by the kilo" sale I attended last year, I promptly put... Continue Reading →

Book Review : Toast

I used to be a waif-like girl with no particular interest in food, even though gourmands and amateur chefs surrounded me. Then I went to France…and then I took up a sedentary job profile for a year, which gave me time to think about my meals and start widening my food horizons. And somewhere along... Continue Reading →

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