Climbing the Mango Trees Actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey stretches her taste memories into a slender and lovely book, Climbing the Mango Trees , evoking her girlhood in… Climbing the Mango Trees Actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey stretches her taste memories into a slender and lovely book, Climbing the Mango Trees , evoking her girlhood in… 2006-10-10 Nonfiction Knopf
Book Review

Climbing the Mango Trees (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 10, 2006; Writer: Madhur Jaffrey; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Knopf

Actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey stretches her taste memories into a slender and lovely book, Climbing the Mango Trees, evoking her girlhood in an affluent Indian household in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. ''During my childhood it did not occur to me that families came in sizes smaller than thirty people, swelling beatifically to a few thousand at the mere hint of a grand event,'' Jaffrey writes, describing both the complex dynamics within the clan and the dazzling food rituals that sustained it: enormous elaborate picnics; visits to Delhi's ''Lane of Fried Breads,'' where flaky paratha floated in cauldrons of hot butter; and afternoons when her mother served a milky cardamom-scented pudding with slivered pistachios — ''airy nothings'' — sprinkled on top.

Originally posted Nov 03, 2006 Published in issue #906 Nov 10, 2006 Order article reprints
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