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Andaza: A Memoir of Food, Flavour and Freedom in the Pakistani Kitchen

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by Sumayya Usmani
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Sumayya Usmani’s mother, grandmothers, and aunts cooked by andaza, “which translates as ‘estimation’, but really encompasses what I like to think of as the art of sensory cooking. Even as a child I was fascinated by the idea that a recipe could turn out differently when it was cooked by someone else, that we all had a different ‘flavour in our hands’ that made a dish unique to us.”

In this moving cookbook threaded through with memoir, Usmani recounts her growth as a cook and as a person, navigating through cultural and familial expectations, moved by a need to discover what sort of flavor was in her own hands. There are vivid memories of strong figures in her life–the grandmother who told her “Because I am an old woman, I can enjoy things that aren’t good for me–but also, I rarely listen to anyone about most things!”and heartbreaking losses.

Recipes include:

  • Nani Mummy's prawn karahi
  • Potatoes with curry leaves and turmeric
  • Chicken boti tikka, Bundoo Khan style
  • Mummy's wedding-style chicken korma
  • Bitter lemon, mustard seed and garlic pullao
  • Dadi's banana and fennel seed gulgulay doughnut

Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.

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