The Settlers Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food

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Press: Granta UK; 1st edition (August 1, 2009)
Author Name:Alibhai-Brown, Yasmin


A warm, personal memoir from one of Britain’s most high-profile and vocal immigrants, this is a mouthwatering exploration of the author’s East African Indian roots through the shared experience of cooking. 
Through the personal story of Yasmin’s family and the food and recipes they’ve shared together, The Settler’s Cookbook tells the history of the Indian migration to the UK, via East Africa.
Her family was part of the mass exodus from India to East Africa during the height of British expansion, fleeing famine and lured by the prospect of prosperity under the imperial regime. In 1972, they were one of the many families expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin who moved to the UK, where Yasmin has made her home with an Englishman.
The food she cooks now, in one of the world’s most ethnically-diverse cities, combines the traditions and tastes of her family’s hybrid history. Here you’ll discover how Shepherd’s Pie is much enhanced by sprinkling in some chilli, Victoria sponge can be enlivened by saffron and lime, and the addition of ketchup to a curry can be life-changing.

About the Author

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a leading commentator on race, multiculturalism, and human rights, writing for the Independent and the Guardian and the author of Imagining the New Britain and Some of My Best Friends Are . 


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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     Love the stories!
  •     The book surprised me very pleasantly in that I did not expect to read such an accurate description of a country where I lived during the three years before Amin took over the country. Of course many of the topics are not pleasant about those dark hours of Ugandan history. The Asian experience in Uganda needed to be told. I enjoyed reading the recipes and will try some. Uganda was my first intro to Indian curry and I have loved eating Indian dishes ever since. The author's coming of age story in such turbulent changing times is compelling. My only disagreement with the author is that I loved eating Matoke and miss that fruity plantain taste it gave curries.
  •     This book is a welcome addition to my food memoir bookshelf which is heavy in Western influenced food/countries. The author goes into great detail about growing up in Uganda and eventually going to oxford in the middle of Londons own chaotic enviorment. She also covers the tension between the Asian community and the Africans. TSC is part history, and takes the reader (if you are an average American with the basic American education) into a history of a country which is largely ingnored. Her most memorable passages are those when she desribes the generational tensions, including her own beating by the hands of her family when she dared to kiss a black African boy in a production of Romeo and Juliet, and the section detailing her failing marriage. Although I enjoyed the whole book. The recipies look delicious and authentic (although since I am kitchenless at the moment I have not had a chance to try them out)She does try to make concessions for the availabily of ingredients. Very well formated for the kindle.

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