Author: Ganesh Saili
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174361367
This book in your hands, ravenous reader, is not just another run-of-the-mill Raj Cookbook. With a short text and 24 illustrations, this epicure’s delight is the concoction of American missionary expatriates, itinerant staff Woodstock International School.
In 1930s, the Landour community Center was a beehive of activity. It was where the Presbyterians caught up with the Mennonites, the Methodists with the Pentecostals, the Baptists with the Episcopalians and it was no Tower of Babel either. For it was not only affairs religious that were on their mind.
All of them understood the cardinal rule that grub was the very foundation of human nature. This was where they caught up with the latest gossip, whiled away the hours looking out of the glazed windows of the Reading Room at the Valley, or played tennis in the small hard court. When the ball bounded over the fence and vanished into the yawning khud down below, it was perhaps then that they took a break to put together these recipes.
Of one thing we are certain - each member contributed one or two recipes, guaranteed to work in the hill stations of India. This serendipity of ideas meeting and mingling resulted in this connoisseur's dream book of cooking and good eating.