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Climbing the Mango Trees

A Memoir of a Childhood in India

by Madhur Jaffrey

Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2006
    320 pages
    Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Today’s most highly regarded writer on Indian food gives us an enchanting memoir of her childhood in Delhi in an age and a society that has since disappeared.

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"Upon finishing this splendid memoir, the reader will delight in the 30 "family-style" recipes included as lagniappe at the end." - PW, starred review.

"Readers will lap up this mouthwatering memoir and hungrily await a sequel." - Kirkus.

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The word lagniappe, as used by the PW reviewer, means "an extra or unexpected gift or benefit." It derives from the New World Spanish word "la ñapa", (the gift), which in turn comes from Quechuan* word "yapay" (to give more). It acquired its French style spelling as a result of having been absorbed into the Creole dialect of New Orleans!

*Quechua was the language of the Inca Empire, and is still spoken, in various dialects, by about 10 million people in South America, making it the most widely spoken American Indian language.

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