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About the Book
The Seven Sisters: Kitchen Tales from the North Easttakes us on a journey through the villages, sleepytowns and burgeoning cities of Arunachal Pradesh,Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland andTripura, culminating in the kitchens where familiesgather around the stove to cook, eat and celebrate life.As North Easterners from across India and aroundthe world disclose both family lore and the secrets ofcuisine passed down generations, we meet a daughter-in-law who preserves the recipes she learnt as a bridein the house of her new family, a son who keeps alivethe memory of his mother through the dishes thatenchanted his childhood, a grandson on distant shoreswho sees the sunset of his hometown in the aromatichaze rising from his kitchen stove - and much more.Here we are led on a discovery of culinary delights andcultural revelations of an unsung region. There is moreto food from the land of the Seven Sisters than momos,and, no, dogs do not vanish from their streets only toappear in kitchens, and frogs don't leap onto the diningtable! In fact, while much of the world has woken notso long ago to the wonders of slow cooking, seasonalproducts and a no-oil, no-sugar diet, in the North East,that flavour is a time-tested one. The smorgasbord hassomething of everywhere - from the killer Raja Mirchiof Nagaland to the simple delicacy of Pork Bharta fromTripura (cover image), to the mildly flavoured ChahouKheer (purple rice porridge) from Manipur...Pick up this passport and newly discovered kitchen turfin the hills, plains and valleys of this colourful region.
About the Author
PURABI SHRIDAR (nee Thapa) has been a journalistfor over two decades, working with publications likeIndian Express, Sunday Mail and Femina reportingon diverse subjects from secessionist movementsto politics to developmental stories and above all,women and women related issues. She hails fromShillong and has grown up on the diverse food flavoursofthe North East, from tungrymbai to Iromba, khar toaxhonne, shootki to bai.
SANGHITA SINGH currently works as the AssociateEditorof Hello! Magazine. In a career spanning 13years, she has covered a vast array of subjects - interviewed celebrities, written on art, culture andfashion and also dabbled in television briefly. She hasbeen a columnist for Current newspaper, writing onthe softer aspect of Indian politics. Apart from her lovefor writing and journalism, she likes to indulge in foodand feasting.