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The Essential North – East Cookbook

The Essential North – East Cookbook

Hoihnu Hauzel
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If there is one part of this country that is still to be discovered, at least in terms of its cuisine, it is the North East. Those who live in, or have visited the seven sister states” Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura” would tell you that the kitchens of the North East are the source of an extraordinary range of dishes that blend tradition and innovation in unexpected ways. The basic tribal diet of jungle produce has over the years been shaped by the influence of various other communities: the Thais, who once ruled over some parts of the territory the Chinese, because of their proximity and the Bengali migrants, and it is this unusual combination that makes the food of the region unique in India. Lightly spiced, with hardly any oil, and flavoured with herbs that are now available in stores across the country, the stews, chutneys and curries in this book can transform the most ordinary meal into an exotic experience.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Aug/2003

ISBN: 9780143030270

Length : 196 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

The Essential North – East Cookbook

Hoihnu Hauzel

If there is one part of this country that is still to be discovered, at least in terms of its cuisine, it is the North East. Those who live in, or have visited the seven sister states” Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura” would tell you that the kitchens of the North East are the source of an extraordinary range of dishes that blend tradition and innovation in unexpected ways. The basic tribal diet of jungle produce has over the years been shaped by the influence of various other communities: the Thais, who once ruled over some parts of the territory the Chinese, because of their proximity and the Bengali migrants, and it is this unusual combination that makes the food of the region unique in India. Lightly spiced, with hardly any oil, and flavoured with herbs that are now available in stores across the country, the stews, chutneys and curries in this book can transform the most ordinary meal into an exotic experience.

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Hoihnu Hauzel

Hoihnu Hauzel is a native of Manipur. She completed her schooling in Shillong and Delhi, and has a master’s degree in political science from Delhi University. She has been a journalist for the last fifteen years and has worked with the Asian Age, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, the Times of India, and the Telegraph in Delhi. She is currently pursuing an independent writing career and continues to promote the North-East through her writings and entrepreneurial ventures like her travel portal, Northeast Odyssey (www.northeastodyssey.com) and a digital North-East lifestyle magazine, NE Travel and Life (www.netravelandlife.com). She has also to her credit a book of poems, Moments of Time. Hoihnu is committed to the development of the North-East. This book is, for her, a step towards the promotion of the region. Her coffee-table book on Manipur is set to be released next year.