A Sense for Spice is Tara Deshpande Tennebaums delightful tale of food and family across three generations, a rich tapestry of recipes and stories that takes the reader from the lush Konkan coast to metropolitan Mumbai. The book is at once an introduction to Konkan cuisine, one of Indias richest food cultures, and a fast-paced story of a family with a passion for good food and good times.
As India modernizes furiously, the author captures the fading way of life of the idiosyncratic Konkan diaspora, a complex of uniquely tolerant cultures with quirky and mysterious histories. The community and its food are brought to life through both her grandmothers meticulously recorded recipes, some dating back to the 1800s, all adapted to suit modern kitchens.
A Sense for Spice is the rare cookbook that reads like a story, filled with humour and affection, a perfect companion for a rainy night, a decadent Sunday lunch or a dabble in the kitchen with friend.
About the Author
Tara Deshpande Tennebaum was born and raised in Mumbai. She studied at Cathedral and John Connon schools and graduated from St Xaviers College. She began her career on the English stage and worked as a model and MTV veejay. Her film roles include cult classics like Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin, Bombay Boys and Style. Post marriage Tara moved to the United States where she attended intensive classes at the French Culinary Institute in New York and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and started Azalea Catering in 2004. Tara taught at culinary schools in New York and Boston for 7 years. Her cooking show, Great Chocolate Cooking, was featured on a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) channel and her recipes and food stories have appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Herald and Boston Phoenix. A Sense for Spice is her second book after Fifty and Done (HarperCollins India, 1999) a collection of short stories and verse. The author lives in Mumbai and New York and is working on her first novel.