Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Granta UK; New edition (February 4, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 8 inches
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This book is a welcome addition to my food memoir bookshelf which is heavy in Western influenced food/countries. The author goes into great detail about growing up in Uganda and eventually going to oxford in the middle of Londons own chaotic enviorment. She also covers the tension between the Asian community and the Africans. TSC is part history, and takes the reader (if you are an average American with the basic American education) into a history of a country which is largely ingnored. Her most memorable passages are those when she desribes the generational tensions, including her own beating by the hands of her family when she dared to kiss a black African boy in a production of Romeo and Juliet, and the section detailing her failing marriage. Although I enjoyed the whole book. The recipies look delicious and authentic (although since I am kitchenless at the moment I have not had a chance to try them out)She does try to make concessions for the availabily of ingredients. Very well formated for the kindle.
The book surprised me very pleasantly in that I did not expect to read such an accurate description of a country where I lived during the three years before Amin took over the country. Of course many of the topics are not pleasant about those dark hours of Ugandan history. The Asian experience in Uganda needed to be told. I enjoyed reading the recipes and will try some. Uganda was my first intro to Indian curry and I have loved eating Indian dishes ever since. The author's coming of age story in such turbulent changing times is compelling. My only disagreement with the author is that I loved eating Matoke and miss that fruity plantain taste it gave curries.
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