- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Oct. 9 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400078202
- ISBN-13: 978-1400078202
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #322,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India Paperback – Oct 9 2007
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“Wistful, funny and tremendously satisfying. . . . Jaffrey's taste memories sparkle with enthusiasm, and her talent for conveying them makes the book relentlessly appetizing." —The New York Times Book Review
“Do not attempt to read [this] mouth-wateringly evocative memoir on an empty stomach. . . . A delicious tribute to a deeply rooted, multicultural upbringing." —Newsday
“A sharp observer with a pleasing eye for sensual detail, Jaffrey weaves a richly textured story in which she effortlessly mingles quotidian drams with historic events." —People Magazine
"Her story reads like a novel and evokes images worthy of a Merchant-Ivoryproduction. You can practically taste sun warmed mangoes plucked from the tree, the barley-sugar candy that holds a hallowed place in the author's memory." —The Seattle Times
About the Author
Madhur Jaffrey is the author of numerous cookbooks—seven of which have won James Beard Awards—and was named to the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. She is the recipient of an honorary CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for her services to drama and promoting the appreciation of Indian food and culture. She is also an award-winning actress, having won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, with numerous major motion pictures to her credit. She lives in New York City.See all Product description
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However, i was disappointed that she ended the book so abruptly at her going off to college without really sharing more of the story of how she segued into the role I most know her as - a fabulous cook, expert on Indian cuisine and cookbook author. She is also an actress which i did not know previously. I guess I'm waiting for the sequel!!
As with many memoirs, there is some disjointedness, but through it all there is the food - delightful, delicious, descriptions to make one drool. The average reader will undoubtedly find the recipes included at the end of the book to be daunting, but a trip to an Indian restaurant should be a most satisfying ending to this book. I enjoyed this book which offers literally a taste of India. My only question - since Madhur failed cookery in school, how did she learn to cook so well?!