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Bene Appetit: The Cuisine of Indian Jews


 | Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction

Bene Appetit: The Cuisine of Indian Jews

Full Title: Bene Appetit: The Cuisine of Indian Jews

Author: Esther David
Publisher: Harper Collins India

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

The Jewish community in India comprises a tiny but important part of the population. There are around five thousand Jews and five Jewish communities in India, but they are fast diminishing in number. Intrigued by the common thread that binds the Indian Jews as a whole despite their living in different parts of the country, Esther David explores the lifestyle and cuisine of the Jews in every region, from the Bene Israelis of western India to the Bene Menashes of the Northeast, the Bene Ephraims of Andhra Pradesh, the Baghdadi Jews of Kolkata and the Kochi Jews. She discovers that while they all follow the strict Jewish dietary laws, they have also adapted to the local cuisine. Some have even turned vegetarian! Extensively researched, with heartwarming anecdotes and mouthwatering recipes, Bene Appetit offers a holistic portrait of a little-known community.

About the Author: 

Esther David received the Sahitya Akademi award in 2010 for her novel Book of Rachel. She is also the author of The Walled City, By the Sabarmati, Book of Esther, My Father's Zoo, Shalom India Housing Society and The Man with Enormous Wings. Her novels are based on the Jewish ethos in India, studied by scholars, and some of them have been translated into French, Gujarati and Marathi. She is an art critic and columnist for the Ahmedabad edition of the Times of India and has written extensively about the city of her birth.

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