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Podcast: Understanding Culture Through Food with Asma Khan

One of the must-dos for many travellers is to try local foods in whatever country we visit. Food represents so much of a country from its environment which dictates its ingredients to its culture and traditions. Since we can’t physically travel right now, one way of visiting different countries is by reading cookbooks. Not just recipes but the cookbooks that tell you a bit more about the country or region that the recipes come from.

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This episode, Marina speaks to a special guest, Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express restaurant in London, who you may have seen on that wonderful Netflix series, Chef’s Table, about her book, the culture and tradition of Indian food preparation, and the uncelebrated women behind the recipes. Mentioned this episode:

Asma Khan - Asma's Indian Kitchen; Ammu: Food To Nourish Your Soul, From A Life Of Cooking (to be released in 2022)

Durkhanai Ayubi - Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen

Sami Tamimi, Tara Wigley - Falastin: A Cookbook

Caroline Eden - Red Sands: Dispatches and Recipes from Unsung Cities and Open Steppe

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About the Podcast

A new podcast by where we explore the world through words! Join Marina Mahathir weekly as she talks about the books she loves, share insights about them, and sometimes, chat with other interesting book lovers.

Whether you have interest in the lives of historical figures, or want to learn about French cooking, join us as we flip through books based on the many genres and themes – proving that there truly is a book for everyone!

Last updated: 27 Oct 2021

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