The book is autobiographical - author's story from the time she is a toddler to well into her 20s intertwined with food associated at each age. Starting with choru-unnal(A Malyalee hindu custom of initiating an infant into solid food) to injipulli(A sweet and sour ginger pickle) to fusion food, end of each chapter has the recipe for the delicacy.
The first few chapters can as well be the story of any other child growing up in parts of Kerala and that's where I began losing the interest - I could have as well penned those chapters! But the latter part of the book when she flies off to USA for higher education is where the book gets interesting - the coming of age of an young Indian girl !
What though makes this book extra special for me is the unexpected meeting with the author herself as I was reading the book. She bowled me over with her simplicity and is somebody who has absolutely no-airs about her .... Was a pleasure meeting you Shobha Narayan!
I would recommend this book especially for non Kerala readers -it gives a simplistic glimpse into our food and lives.....
This review is a part of WT fest - Day 4.