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Not for You: Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods, Book One by Nandita Godbole

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  • ISBN 10 1940957141
  • ISBN 13 9781940957142
  • Published Jan 01 2017
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 85
  • Language English
  • Edition 1st
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Curry Cravings

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Not for You: Family Narratives of Denial and Comfort Foods (Book One) Love. Marriage. Denial. Crisis. Fear. Abandonment. Determination. Food. Comfort. Home. Johari-ba, Ratanlal and Shanta, Damodar and Pearl, Thakor and Mani, Shaku and Bandu, Ana and Ravi lived in different eras, in different parts of the Indian subcontinent. Their lives intersect together over time. They struggled for identity with a single-minded determination to persevere in the face of denial. They lived, married and bore children, carrying the scars and the stories of the generations before them. What happened when they married, moved and migrated? How did new regions, cuisines or communities influence their food? What stories do their recipes reveal? How did 'denial' change them and their definitions of comfort food? What events curated their family's culinary heritage? Tackling these complex and yet tender questions in her first food fiction and fourth cookbook on Indian food, Not for You: Family Narratives of Denial & Comfort Foods, Nandita shares a heartwarming tale inspired by family lore about conquering public and private versions of 'denial' and how food became integral to shaping identities. Through these stories, this book explores and uncovers the origins of comfort foods that have a rightful place on one foodwriter's 21st century table. Nandita includes narratives across three generations highlighting pivotal moments that influenced interpersonal relationships, reflecting on the dynamic connections between her characters. These stories share how meaningful moments were carved out from mundane events, how one family redefined what was ordinary over extraordinary and what influenced their comfort foods for generations. She pairs these stories with over sixty simple heirloom family recipes for readers keen on an immersive literary and culinary experience. This is the first of a two-part novel.

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