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Did you know that a couple of bananas a day can lower your blood pressure? That 19th-century sailors used to eat potatoes to fight scurvy? That Ayurveda considers rice the perfect healing food? That turmeric could have anti-carcinogenic properties? That urad dal is an aphrodisiac?

Ratna Rajaiah takes a walk down memory lane, only to find it redolent with the aromas of her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, and lined with the spices and condiments of her youth. Pausing often, she meets old culinary friends – coconuts and chilies, mangoes and jackfruit, ragi and channa dal, ghee. and jaggery, mustard seeds and curry leaves – and introduces us to almost-forgotten joys, like the sight of steaming kanji or the scent of freshly cut ginger. Taking detours, she shares recipes for old favourites (often with a surprising twist!) and reveals delightful slivers of trivia and fascinating nuggets of gastronomic history.

Delving deep, she discovers that traditional fare is much more than comfort food (many local ingredients are health-giving and healing too!) and that much of what the West is discovering about herbs and spices has been known to our ancestors for centuries.

An unabashed and wonderful ode to the blessings of simple, traditional vegetarian food.

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very informative and comforting

Loved the book but the pronunciation of the narrator, when it came to local Indian words, it was painful to listen.

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This book contains a lot of useful information.

I would love to read it everyday. Everyone should take this information and use it.

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one of the best books by an Indian author

Its amazingly engaging while being informative. Got to know alot of good things about our gastronomic culture which i simply ignored because they were not being advertised like the western cuisine. Amazingly read by the narrator.