Madhur Jaffrey On Taste Memories of Delhi

By • Jan 29th, 2010
Category: Bollywood, Books and Authors, Diaspora, Entertainment, India, New Delhi, New York, People

MadhurMadhur Jaffrey , a well-known actress & author of several cooks books & TV shows talks about her autobirograhy: Climbing The Mango Trees.

In this autobiography she paints a wonderful picture of her childhood in India. Madhur grew up in a large “joint family,” in Delhi during the 1930s and 1940s. So in the book she describes a particular period and history of Delhi that is almost forgotten. This is about a Delhi on the cusp of change, at least in terms of food. What was Delhi like in those days? What kind of taste memories are permanently embedded in Madhur’s mind from that time?

After graduating from Miranda House College in Delhi, Madhur went to London and studied at the Royal Academy of Drama Arts. It was during her stay in London that she discovered how to cook all the familiar dishes of her childhood starting with the simplest ones first. She got the recipes sent to her via snail mail or aerogram as it was known in those days.

Madhur has acted in a number of films and TV shows. In the early 1980s Madhur made her first cooking shows for the BBC: Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery in 1982 and Madhur Jaffrey’s Far Eastern Cookery in 1989. Subsequently she has made other cooking shows.

Madhur live in New York with her husband.

This interview was first posted on October 14, 2006.

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3 Responses »

  1. Enjoyed the book, loved the interview! Mouth watering, to say the least….Also very moving….

  2. Thanks Dipali for your feedback and great to know you enjoyed litening to the interview and reading the book.



  3. [...] It seems only natural that food be the  common theme that bond the two communities in New York on the cusp of their 60th Independence Day. To celebrate this common bond food, South Asian Journalist Association and the Indian-American Arts Council is organizing an event aptly titled “Flavors Beyond Borders,” on August 14th at Utsav, New  York. Madhur Jaffrey will be the guest of honor. Chefs featured for the event include Hemant Mathur, one of my favorite chefs; Hari Nayak, who recently published his cookbook; and the Vikas Khanna. Technorati tags: flavors beyond borders, madhur jaffrey, hemant mathur, hari nayak, vikas khanna No comments for Flavors Beyond Borders » [...]

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