She explained the discrimination endured by East African Indians and their resolve to overcome and succeed. Yasmin's personal story intertwined with the foods which mean so much to her touched me deeply. Food was such a big feature in her life that she has interspersed recipes among the narrative as flavour text. She also covers the tension between the Asian community and the Africans. Woven around the people, places and dishes that have shaped Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's life, it follows an emotional and culinary journey from childhood in pre-independence Uganda to London in the 21st century - Her own migration is intimately bound up with the fate of other East African Asians - It is a story seldom told, and Alibhai-Brown's account of it is fascinating and touching' Sunday Times. Having recently read Shappi Khorsandi's Beginner's Guide to Acting English - which I loved - I initially found this book, which follows a similar theme, rather dissapointing. Somehow the most memorable meals were always on picnics.
A good idea that nearly came off. The history of Uganda and Asians' experience in Uganda was incredibly interesting. Although Toronto has some Asians from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, we appear to have only Simba Grill on Donlands Ave. Where other books have pictures, this one is littered with recipes. An unexpected gift from a friend. It's much more of a memoir than a cookbook - I'm not sure I'm going to make any of the recipes except I did see a raw Cassava in a shop the other day, so that's at least one of the exotic An unexpected gift from a friend.
This cookbook reveals delicious decadent delicacies and scrumptious succulent secrets. The chahar-bagh was more than a pleasure garden. Food was such a big feature in her life that she has interspersed recipes among the narrative as flavour text. Highly recommend this book even if you haven't lived in Uganda. Sand witches and albatrosses: thoughts evoked by a cookbook I loved this. I enjoyed reading the recipes and will try some. The food she cooks now combines the traditions and tastes of her family's hybrid history.
Her own migration is intimately bound up with the fate of other East African Asians. The accounts of life under Idi Amin are harrowing and disturbing. In the London suburb of Alperton, there's an entire street for Asian-African food. Alibhai-Brown did a great job of this in the first part of the book, and then she did a great job moving into memoir, describing the terror of the Idi Amin. The E-mail message field is required.
The contributions of Indian-Africans are not widely acknowledged - Alibhai-Brown te Great book. Uganda was my first intro to Indian curry and I have loved eating Indian dishes ever since. She uses a dish called My Malodorous Packed Lunch to rail against the racist rules set by English school inspectors in the 1960s. So if you like cooking, I strongly recommend reading the book for its story and later revisiting it as a cook book. Loved the book, fascinating history of the Asians in Uganda. 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. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a beautiful story teller who does not pull punches, but attempts to explain her own value system through her family history of displacement, not without roots, but with fingers in different pots, that are whisked away due to the economic, political, social strife as old colonialism adjuncts independence and fear of the foreigner in the motherland.
The food she cooks now, in one of the worlds most ethnically-diverse cities, combines the traditions and tastes of her familys hybrid history. I like her for her honesty - she does not flinch at telling personal things - and her humour. This the story of Yasmin's upbringing in Uganda, Amin's coup and subsequent exile of all the Asians from his country, and the family's struggles to be accepted in Britain. A memoir of an Indian woman whose early years were spent in Uganda. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a beautiful story teller who does not pull punches, but attempts to explain her own value system through her family history of displacement, not without roots, but with fingers in different pots, that are whisked away due to the economic, political, social strife as old colonialis A personal story of an East African Indian family, unsettled migrants, traversing societies and evolving cultures and how their memories are brought back to life through their favourite recipes. They tried subbing green bananas for matoke, but that bombed. 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.
Living in Uganda myself, I can really relate to much of what she says, it is not so very different today. The hues and scents of these gardens, the varied sources of the design elements and of the chosen construction materials, make this monument an important reminder of the power and elegance of diversity, while the sentiments that moved its patrons, united them in a shared virtue. We thank Dr Jamal for bringing them to our notice. A memoir of an Indian woman whose early years were spent in Uganda. This the story of Yasmin's upbringing in Uganda, Amin's coup and subsequent exile of all the Asians from his country, and the family's struggles to be accepted in Britain.
Her true-to-life meetings with Idi Amin were especially interesting. That imagery has various other very agreeable parallels in her work today. The Settler's Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food, details Alibhai-Brown's mental and physical journey as an East Indian Muslim who was expelled from Uganda in 1972 by then-president Idi Amin and now calls London home. Tags: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown trackback These reviews were forwarded by Dr Vali Jamal, Kampala, Uganda, which he received in an on-going communication with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. I'd previously read Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's articles in the Independent, so I knew a little about her, but this book was very interesting and really illuminated some world history that had previously passed me by.