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Flavours of Avadh: Journey from the Royal Banquet to the Corner Kitchen

Salma Husain (Author)

Flavours of Avadh: Journey from the Royal Banquet to the Corner Kitchen is the story of food and cooking from the palaces to the pavement. The book charts out a unique socio-cultural route down the decades by itself, sketching out an exclusive regional food history, richly coloured with family anecdotes, local festivities, regional culture and dining traditions. There are more than sixty recipes collected from the elite homes and kitchens where this unique and traditional cuisine has been nurtured over centuries. The food court of the Avadh region of north India, with its capital Lucknow and the city’s unique culture nestling amidst the emerald green Gangetic plains is a sprawling and a diverse one. High sophistication, a rare tradition of etiquette and well-defined social customs outline the flourishing regional cuisine—enriched and nurtured by the Sharqi Sultanate of Jaunpur and then the early Mughals between the mid-14th and the early 18th centuries. Aromatic spices, exotic herbs, a rare creative energy and a romantic ideology coupled with a mix of racial traits and customs have produced this exclusive line of food and Hospitality —the Avadh cult of cuisine. As proverb goes, even the drinking water of Lucknow tastes different. Traditionally stored in clay vessels in the summer heat and often sipped after adding fresh mint leaves, it changes hue and flavour with the seasons. Offered in tall silver embossed tumblers in winter with a sprinkling of fresh rose petals, the special tradition of serving water spells out the creative passion surrounding the culinary habits of this region.

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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 Flavours of Avadh: Journey from the Royal Banquet to the Corner Kitchen
Author Salma Husain
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789383098620
length 191p., Illustrations; Colour; 23cm.