I love food books. That may be because I love food. So when I came across Monica Bhide’s Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken I knew I’d have to read it. Particularly since I love Indian food a great deal. I also love supporting food writers as well.
I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. I was destined to love her book. And indeed, it’s fantastic. I may have been destined to love the book but I think anyone would love it. I posted the following review on Amazon… And if you’d like to buy the book, click on any of my affiliate links and help me offset the cost of the blog. 🙂
I have long loved Indian food, and have since I first experienced it while traveling in New Zealand of all places. The subtle nuanced flavors that combine into rich and complex satisfying dishes that nourish the body and soul.
That’s what this book is to me…the combination of rich nuanced characters that simmer amidst a wonderful storyline just like my favorite Indian dishes. Each person is a delightfully flawed individual (perhaps with the exception of the monks who are held to a higher standard). Bhide explores everyone’s dark and their light, and finds a redeeming quality in nearly each person. And although I’ve never been to India, Bhide has succeeded in painting a picture of a place and society that, like the characters, is filled with flaws and redemption. Her writing glorifies yet minimizes cultural differences and highlights that we as humans are all responsible for our own destiny, our own happiness, and that we alone can emerge from the ashes of the problems that threaten to consume us. I am delighted with this well-paced story and very much look forward to the sequel. And of course to exploring the art of butter chicken myself.
So if you’d love a phenomenal food book, I encourage you to read this one. Plus if you sign up for Bhide’s newsletter, she has two ebooks for you including a cookbook featuring her Butter Chicken recipe.