Little Enticements, Hidden Treasures, Trying Something New, and Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast…


“For one who eats so little, my father has an unquenchable fascination with food. A petite, lithe man with the curiosity of an inventor and the conflicted soul of an artist, he loves to try new things — in small doses, at his own pace.

“When he first visited me as a newlywed in America, he spent the entire winter making up an alphabetized list of all the foods he had never tried, and systematically went about trying them. He started with avocadoes, which are unknown in tropical south India, and quickly moved on to anise candy, chipotle peppers, Etorki cheese, Fig Newtons, Kettle Chips, molasses, quince, tomatillos, zahtar, and everything in between.

“We never knew what he would come back with when he went to the grocery store…”

~ Shoba Narayan, Monsoon Diary ~ A Memoir With Recipes ~
From the Prologue…

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