The Landour Cookbook - Over Hundred Years of Hillside Cooking

The Landour Cookbook - Over Hundred Years of Hillside Cooking (English, Paperback, Ruskin Bond)

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The Landour Cookbook - Over Hundred Years of Hillside Cooking  (English, Paperback, Ruskin Bond)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Roli Books
    • ISBN: 9788174361639, 8174361634
    • Edition: 1st Edition, 2005
    • Pages: 256
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    The Landour Cookbook, edited and introduced by Ruskin Bond and Ganesh Saili, is a book that offers a glimpse of over a hundred years of hillside cooking.

    Summary of the Book

    In the 1920s, Mrs. Lucas, wife of the pastor of Kellogg Church in Landour joined Irene Parker, the wife of Allen Parker, principal of Woodstock School, to form a Reading Club. They met every week at the new Community Centre and soon created a cookbook, sharing their favourite recipes from the homes of the others living in the hillside. First published in the year 1930, the book was not just a precious collection of tried and tested recipes, but also an unfailing guide to homemaking, with domestic hints, facts and figures on nutrition, and cooking procedures at places located at high altitudes. There were no refrigerators and ovens on stove tops at the time, and hence a lot of practical information about alternative methods were included. Most of the recipes had the name, sometimes only the initials of the contributor. So, if you always loved Mrs. Rice’s Coffee Cake you would know all about her recipe! The Landour Cookbook remains a useful and charming cookbook even after decades, and contains the secret recipes of so many families that made the picturesque Landour their home.

    About the Authors

    Ruskin Bond was born in Himachal Pradesh, India. He is the recipient of the most honorary Indian awards like the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and the Sahitya Akademi Award among other honours. His contribution to children’s literature in India is specially recognized by the Indian Council for Child Education. His autobiography is Rain in the Mountains. Scenes from a Writer’s Life also talks about the young Ruskin. Some of his books are adapted as films and TV series, which have won awards. Garland of Memories, Rain in the Mountain-Notes from the Himalayas, A Face in the Dark and Other Hauntings, Vagrants in the Valley and Other Poems, and Once upon a Monsoon Time are some of his other works.

    Ganesh Saili has done some picture books which Ruskin. He has compiled, Ruskin, Our Enduring Bond, a quaint out-of-focus pictorial biography of his author friend.

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    • 2005
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    • Ruskin Bond
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    • Ruskin Bond and Ganesh Saili share a love of good food—the only difference being that Ganesh cooks and Ruskin devours it. Ruskin admits that he has no business collaborating on an introduction to a cookery book, since the extent of his culinary efforts goes no further than boiling an egg.\nGanesh, on the other hand, has been known to cook everything from banana fritters to mutton chops. Over a period of thirty years, they have been collecting Mussoorie and Landour memorabilia—old photographs, recipes, menu cards, coasters, place mats, bar stools and bar flies! Much of this collection went into the making of Mussoorie & Landour—Days of Wine and Roses, which is today a collector’s item. Ganesh has also done some picture books which Ruskin uses on stormy nights to keep his door from blowing open. When it isn’t windy, he appreciates the pictures!\nIn revenge, Ganesh makes a castle with Ruskin’s seventy-odd published titles and waits for the wind to knock it down! Presently, he is working on an out-of-focus pictorial biography of his author friend.
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    Just wow!

    A rare, wonderful book giving an idea of Anglo Indian lifestyle and cookery. It shows the amalgamation of the local hillside culture and the influencing British cuisine. The language shows the dealings of the British dames with the local community. It is a collectors item with old fashioned Anglo Indian recipes.
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    Amrita Mondal

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    Very poor

    not any recipes from region
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    ethel puri

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    Good

    Let me get this very clear - this IS a cookbook, with actual recipes. Some of the ingredients are hard to get, but the recipes are simple and delicious. Do try!
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    Aditya Srivastava

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    Feb, 2017

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    A book for cooking literature connoisseur

    An aroma of hillside cooking with a pleasant preface by none other than Mr. Bond! A delightful cover and fresh recipes. Now it's time for experiment!
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    Anirban Mondal

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    Feb, 2017

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    Sweet, like many recipes inside!

    A delightful little read, full of anecdotes and a history of Mussourie from it's beginnings in the early nineteenth century to about 1940. It brings a strong sense of the days gone by and a way of life that has all but disappeared. A visitor to Mussourie today would find it hard to believe that this is the same city so romanticized by the author of this book. But it isn't romanticized fiction, it was real...
    It's a treasure trove of old pictures almost from the time British officers started b...
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    Himanshu Bhatnagar

    Certified Buyer, Panchkula

    Jan, 2016

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