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Cookery / Food Drink
Boria Majumdar is a familiar name to anyone who follows Indian sports. He is a sports journalist, and a cricket writer. Cooking On The Run reveals another facet of his personality, that of an enthusiastic cook. Despite this, he says that this book is not a demonstration of his culinary expertise. Rather, it is just the average Indian man's encounters with food.
He always enjoyed his food, but not until he was studying at Oxford did he ever set foot into a kitchen in order to cook. He then began to try his hand at cooking various dishes for his friends. He is Bengali, and so most of the recipes have a distinctive Bengali flavor, even though the recipes are varied. It contains a mix of recipes from many different kinds of cuisines. The ingredients used are simple, and not very exotic. Even if not available in the kitchen, they can be bought at the local grocery store.This makes it convenient for the inexperienced cook who would definitely not have a full stock of all necessary ingredients.
The author has traveled throughout the world, and so, he has also included many of his culinary experiences in various parts of the world, including his own beloved Kolkata. He describes Kolkata's own China town, Tangra, and the food he has tasted in its Chinese restaurants. He also shares his experience of tasting Samosas in Melbourne, and Udupi Palace Dosas in Chicago. These anecdotes are an extra bonus in this interesting cookbook.
The author says he finds cooking not just a useful skill, but a therapeutic experience. He explains why everyone needs to develop their culinary skills, and why it is essential for survival. Cooking On The Run has many metaphors related to cricket present. Even chapter names have cricket associations such as Power Play and Slog Overs. This and his interesting experiences in many different parts of the world add a lot of spice to this unusual cookbook.
About Boria Majumdar
Boria Majumdar is a sports writer and commentator.
Other books by this author include Sport in South Asian Society: Past and Present, Olympics: The India Story, Sellotape Legacy: Delhi & the Commonwealth Games, and The Illustrated History of Indian Cricket.
Boria Majumdar is a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his doctorate from St. Johns College, Oxford, with a thesis on The Social History Of Indian Cricket. He appears regularly on many sports shows on television and has regular columns on many print publications. He is also an adjunct professor at Monash University.