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Bong Mom's Cookbook [Paperback]

Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta
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1 May 2013
Given the sheer pace of life today, it has become harder and harder to follow in our mother's footsteps, to recreate moments of bonding in the kitchen, to maintain family traditions, especially when it comes to food. Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta blogger, foodie and mother of two, strives to make this possible in her own life, and yours. This delicious book travels from Sandeepa's grandmother's kitchen in north Calcutta to her home in a New York suburb through heartwarming anecdotes and quick and easy recipes. Find out how to cook the classic kosha mangsho, throw in a few mushrooms to improvise on the traditional posto and make your own paanchphoron.

The elaborate Sunday morning breakfasts, the seasonal delicacies, the preserves that made available non-seasonal flavours this is the stuff of childhood memories. Tragically, given the sheer pace of life today, it has become harder and harder to follow in our mothers footsteps, to recreate moments of bonding in the kitchen, to maintain family traditions, especially when it comes to food. Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta blogger, foodie and mother of two strives to make this possible in her own life, and yours. This delicious book travels from Sandeepa s grandmother s kitchen in north Calcutta to her home in a New York suburb through heart-warming anecdotes and quick-easy recipes. Find out how to cook the classic kosha mangsho, throw in a few mushrooms to improvise on the traditional posto, make your own paanch-phoron. The new woman s spin on old traditions, Bong Mom s Cookbook is a must-have kitchen supplement for Bongs and non-Bongs alike.

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Authentic and enjoyable, clear and personal, studded with anecdotes that warm the heart and stir up your own memories of your favourite family recipes, Bong Mo s Cookbook is a delight to read. The only problem ; you ll have to interrupt your reading many times to try out these mouth-watering recipes! --Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Sister of My Heart, One Amazing Thing and Oleander Girl

About the Author

Born a Bengali, Sandeepa had grown up in various parts of the eastern region of India and now lives in the East Coast of USA. New Jersey to be precise with her husband and two daughters. The book is based on her blog 'Bong Mom's Cookbook'.

Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 935029429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9350294291
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book...with a little disadvantage! 7 October 2013
By Rimzim
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I have been visiting Sandeepa's blog for about 6 years now and her blog gives me that feeling when I'm in the kitchen with my mom and granny, back home. The way she describes each recipe with a brief story makes me nostalgic and reminds me of my Bong connection. I love the way she writes this book. For Bongs, it's not much of a problem as the contents reveal what recipes are included in a particular section..but for non-Bongs, this might be a big prob. Even I feel I should write the recipe list at the back with page numbers for quick reference. At first touch, the cover paper quality seems a bit too thin and the pages are quite rough. But, it doesn't matter. I love the smell of the pages and the book (full of Bong dishes) itself makes me drool! This will definitely take an honorable position in my list of cookbooks. Even if I don't try out everything, I'll know it for always reminding me of home. Thank you Sandeepa for the wonderful work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Book 19 June 2013
By Pinky
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I have been following Sandeepa's blog from a long time and love her writing style....Was excited to read the book as well. I love the memoir type book she has written and we all can so imagine her nostalgia of the past. I loved reading this book and the the only down for me was no pictures...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 19 March 2014
By Sameer
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Read many a cook book. This is somewhat different. Must recommend it to people who appreciate a story behind the dish.
Kind of like the journey of cooking, experimenting and interacting with flavours is the essence. Also, love the authors blog!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Cookbook! 26 June 2013
By Aparna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Being a fellow food blogger and someone who is interested in both good food and writing. I have been a reader of Sandeepa's blog on and off for quite some time now. The BongMom's Cookbook has recipes for traditional authentic Bengali food that can easily recreated in the modern day kitchen.

But Sandeepa's book is more than just another cookbook. She also tells delightful and humourous stories of not only her childhood but also the experiences of a modern day mother who tries to connect her children with their roots through the Bengali food that she cooks. Many of her childhood memories give us glimpses of growing up in a Bengali family where people had time to cook and savour the simple pleasures of everyday life.

If you're interested in regional Indian cuisines and want to explore Bengali cooking, then this book is a good buy. Whether you cook or you don't, this book is worth buying, reading and deserves a place on your bookshelf!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely read, recommended 3 July 2013
By mandira banerjee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been following Sandeepa's blog for more than six years and I love her writing. I was so glad to see her finally write a book, something for me to keep and have stains of turmeric and posto on. The recipes and the stories are evocative, funny and heartwarming.
The part memoir, part cookbook, is presented simply with minimal distractions. The centerpiece is her storytelling just like the blog. I have several copies and didn't face any issues with binding or the quality of the paper.
I recommend this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling 3 July 2013
By M. Basu - Published on Amazon.com
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I have followed Sandeepa's blog for many years and love it, so was eagerly waiting for the book. The book is not a typical cookbook, it is part memoir, part cookbook, with numerous funny narratives and anecdotes spun into the recipes. I like the way she tells stories and often I can identify myself in her stories having come from a similar background.

However, I was disappointed with the quality of paper, binding, and lack of pictures. I was at least expecting a picture of the author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but.... 12 June 2013
By MCH - Published on Amazon.com
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I hurried to get this book as I often visit the writer's blog and do enjoy her recipes. The book is pretty much on the same lines. A lot of humorous anecdotes around the typical Bengali lifestyle and then the recipes thrown in to the mix. Definitely enjoyable from that perspective.

However I must say one should not approach this as a cookbook - because that will definitely disappoint. There are not that many recipes and being a Bong myself almost all were familiar ones. I was hoping for more dessert recipes as a good book on Bengali desserts is long due but I was disappointed on that front too. Also there are no pictures and being a visual person myself that was off putting. The quality of the pages and the binding is not that great. I got the book yesterday and after a couple of hours of reading, the spine has separated from the book.

To be fair I must still say overall I would still buy it and yes I prefer the blog over the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect coffee table book! 8 June 2013
By Siri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Its just not any other cookbook, let me tell you that. It's a journey of a woman from Bengal to New York, a memoir which talks about her journey, her imperfections, her little pleasures of life which she tries to resurrect from her childhood every now & then in a far away land. Every chapter is a joy to read and the recipes work beautifully. I have tried two of them and my family simply loved them. Just like her blog, Sandeepa's debutante book is filled with moments of humor, joy, failure and finding happiness among all of them.

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