This is the book that best describes the influences that shaped the cuisine in this cookbook. It describes the invaders, the traders and the religions that shaped this food tradition.
It is the book I would love to have written.
Many years ago I worked on the publishing of this cookbook in collaboration with a close friend who has a similar colonial background to me. We had attracted a publisher’s attention, who advised us that if we put history and context into the book it would be far more marketable. Career and family commitments meant it didn’t go as far and as quickly as we would have liked. The project withered and temporarily died until I started this website.
What Collingham has done is describe the why part of Indian cuisine in a remarkably accessible way. Some recipes, but a wealth of stories and history.