Julia Keay

The National Dish

Curry: A Biography

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Described as ‘a history of the Indian subcontinent and its various rulers through a history of its food’, Curry: A Biography might more accurately be called Curry: A Travelogue. Sweeping through 2,000 years of history and swirling round the globe from Kerala and Kashmir to Java, Tonga, Birmingham and back again, it is the story of countless journeys made by countless largely anonymous travellers who carried, both to and from India, in their pockets, pouches, portmanteaux, gunny sacks and sea-chests, the essential elements of India’s cuisines. 

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