[PDF] ✍ The Hour of the Goddess: Memories of Women, Food, and Ritual in Bengal ✎ Chitrita Banerji – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Hour of the Goddess: Memories of Women, Food, and Ritual in Bengal Food Constitutes An Integral Aspect Of The Intellectual And Cultural Milieu Of Bengal, And Rituals, Social Customs And Day To Day Routine Are Closely Intertwined With The Preparation Of Traditional Dishes By The Women Of The HouseholdThe Quintessential Bengali Emphasis On Food Was Brilliantly Encapsulated By Chitrita Banerji In Life And Food In Bengal In The Hour Of The Goddess, She Returns With An Unbeatable Combination Of Cultural Insight, Personal Anecdote And Mouthwatering Recipes Intimate Yet Objective, It Examines The Complex Connection Between Gender And Food Preparation, And The Intricate Relationship Between Food, Ritual And Art In Bengal Written In Her Inimitable Style, The Book Takes The Reader On A Journey That Spans Banerji S Personal Growth From Girlhood To Womanhood In Calcutta Gastronomy And Social Commentary Combine To Form A Lucid, Thoroughly Enjoyable Book That Covers, Among Other Things, Offerings Made To Gods, Restrictions Imposed On Widows, Cooking Tools, The Role Played By Maidservants In Bengali Households, And Customs Associated With EatingBeautifully Written And Meticulously Researched, The Hour Of The Goddess Is A Finely Crafted Masterpiece That Is At Once Memoir, Food Guide And Cultural History

10 thoughts on “The Hour of the Goddess: Memories of Women, Food, and Ritual in Bengal

  1. says:

    A lovely read Very informative and very well written Would recommend this book to every Bengali out there.

  2. says:

    For a Bengali girl living far away from her birth town Calcutta, this book is a treasure It transports the reader into a world of spices and smells It shows the rich culture of Bengal both East and West , how religion is celebrated with food and songs The tradition of Boti and Sheel Noraa, the way o

  3. says:

    Finding that I was still alive despite my impudence, I opened my eyes and looked at the images of Krishna Was there a responsive flicker in the beautiful elongated eyes carved in that gleaming black face I no longer remember But I do have this memory of bringing my hand back to my face and slowly, deliberatel

  4. says:

    Very enjoyable I liked it so much that I kept re reading chapters as I was going to drag it out since it is a rather short book In her narrative about growing up in West Bengal, moving briefly to Bangladesh, and eventually migrating to Cambridge, MA, she reveals much about the significance of food in family life, ritua

  5. says:

    Beautiful vignettes that capture the essence of Bengali love for food, their prejudices and the way of life That there s an entire chapter dedicated to the bonti , a humble curved cutting blade ubiquitous to most homes in India shows the author s eye for the mundane in a way that captures the intimacy of households and private l

  6. says:

    if you re looking for a cookbook, then you will be very disappointed as i was, at one time in this book, or anything by chitrita banerji, for that matter a culinary historian, she has a compelling and distinctive way of writing about food and culture she s written a number of other books along the lines of this one about south asian cuisi

  7. says:

    Amazing book.a must read.How a wonderful book can be carved out of everyday life, the author has uniquely proven that Fell in love with India and its spices all over again

  8. says:

    A friend and favorite author

  9. says:

    sweet anecdotes, spiced with recipes for old way cooking, photographs like garlands of fresh jasmine the book is quintessential bengali.

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