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Author Furstenau, Nina

Title Biting through the skin : an Indian kitchen in America's heartland / Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
Published Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 168 pages)
Contents Transformation -- Two brides -- Little India -- Journey -- Table grace -- Small things satisfied -- Indian breads -- Grand Lake menu for a guru -- An Indian kitchen in Kansas -- Attic fans and flying typewriters -- Mother tongue -- On the road with Amiya and Rani -- All our Tupperware is stained with turmeric -- Strength of a nation -- Street foods -- Six recipe cards, a wing and a prayer, circa 1984 -- Bishshwayya -- A (not so) funny thing happened on the way to Didu's house -- Pop culture India
Summary At once a traveler's tale, a memoir, and a cookbook, this book offers a first-generation immigrant's perspective on growing up in America's heartland. The author's parents brought her from Bengal in northern India to the small town of Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1964, decades before you could find long-grain rice or plain yogurt in American grocery stores. Embracing American culture, the Mukerjee family ate hamburgers and softserve ice cream, took a visiting guru out on the lake in their motorboat, and joined the Shriners. As a girl and a young woman, the author traveled to her ancestral India, as well as to college and to Peace Corps service in Tunisia. Through her journeys and her marriage to an American man whose grandparents hailed from Germany and Sweden, she learned that her family was not alone in being a small pocket of culture sheltered from the larger world. In mourning the partial loss of her heritage, the author finds that, ultimately, heritage always finds other ways of coming to meet us
Notes Includes index
Subject Furstenau, Nina -- Childhood and youth
SUBJECT Furstenau, Nina fast
Subject Bengali Americans -- Biography
Bengali Americans -- Food
Bengali Americans -- Social life and customs
Cooking, Indic.
Food habits -- Kansas
Food habits -- India -- Bengal
COOKING -- Regional & Ethnic -- Indian & South Asian.
Childhood and youth of a person
Bengali Americans
Cooking, Indic
Food habits
SUBJECT Kansas -- Biography
Subject India -- Bengal
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781609382087