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Around India's First Table: Dining & Entertaining At the Rashtrapati Bhavan

Salma Husain (Author) Dheeraj Paul (Photography) RB Series

Walking in the grounds of Lutyens' palace when it was still the viceroy's House, Mahatma Gandhi told Lord Mountbatten that it would have to be turned into a museum once the British had finally departed. Mountbatten protested that, on the contrary, the building was perfectly suited to lend grandeur to Asia's largest democracy. Today, as the home of the Indian president, the Rashtrapati Bhavan is a venue for celebrating important moment in the life of the republic and where visiting dignitaries are treated to Indian hospitality at its best. Central to these occasions are the appetising snacks and sumptuous banquest prepared in its basement kitchens by a small team of dedicated cooks and bakers, the longest serving of women have been employed there for more than 40 years.

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About the author

Salma Husain

Persian scholar and food connoisseur, Salma Husian works for the Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. She has translated several Persian texts into English and is currently doing research on the cuisine of the Mughal Period. Salma Husian has earlier worked with the archives of India as a research assistant, in All India Radio as a newsreader and then as Station Director in the external services of All India radio for the Afghanistan desk. She has also been associated with the tourism industry and contributes food-related articles in leading magazines and newspapers of the country.

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Bibliographic information

Title Around India's First Table: Dining & Entertaining At the Rashtrapati Bhavan
Series RB Series, 9
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.08.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788123021287
length 138p., Illustrations; Colour; 30cm.