Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey
A Memoir of a Childhood in India

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Whether acclaimed food writer Madhur Jaffrey was climbing the mango trees in her grandparents' orchard in Delhi or picnicking in the Himalayan foothills on meatballs stuffed with raisins and mint, tucked into freshly baked spiced pooris, today these childhood pleasures evoke for her the tastes and textures of growing up.

This memoir is both an enormously appealing account of an unusual childhood and a testament to the power of food to prompt memory, vividly bringing to life a lost time and place. Included here are recipes for more than thirty delicious dishes that are recovered from Jaffrey’s childhood.


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About Madhur Jaffrey

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Madhur Jaffrey is regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and since then she has written more than 15 cookbooks, now considered classics in their field. They include At Home with Madhur Jaffrey, Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking, and Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian.
 
Published December 18, 2008 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction

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A beloved food writer recalls her youth through the lens of cuisine.

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Publishers Weekly

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The celebrated actress and author of several books on Indian cooking turns her attention to her own childhood in Delhi and Kampur. Born in 1933 as one of six children of a prosperous businessman, J

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The New York Times

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Madhur Jaffrey, the cook and actress, remembers the tastes of her youth.

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BC Books

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Madhur Jaffrey is most famous for her cookbooks on Indian cuisine, but in her memoir Climbing the Ma...

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Madhur Jaffrey is most famous for her cookbooks on Indian cuisine, but in her memoir Climbing the Mango Trees she takes the reader through the highs and lows of growing up in India and Kampur.

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Entertainment Weekly

Actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey stretches her taste memories into a slender and lovely book, Climbing the Mango Trees, evoking her girlhood in an affluent Indian household in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.

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India Today

Actor, cook and story-teller: if she was playing one role less Madhur Jaffrey wouldn't be who she is and we would have to suffer indigestible meals and books.

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