August 29, 2020

Turmeric Nation: A Passage Through India’s Tastes ‘It is this holistic approach that makes Shylashri Shankar’s Turmeric Nation: A Passage Through India’s Tastes not only a pleasure to read, but also a declaration that there are a myriad ways of studying the food culture of a nation. It is this diversity that is brought alive in Shankar’s book as it moves seamlessly from the Buddha’s ‘last supper’ to an analysis of a Dalit wedding feast centred around pork, to the as-yet unexplored world of Indian cookbooks, to what each family stores in its refrigerator, and many, many more intriguing facets of what we eat and how we do so.’ Book review of Turmeric Nation: A Passage Through India’s Tastes
— Sourish Bhattacharya, The Daily Guardian

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