Shoba Narayan

Monsoon Diary
  • Monsoon Diary

  • MONSOON DIARY weaves a fascinating food narrative that combines authentic vegetarian recipes from South India with tales from Shoba Narayan's life, stories of her delightfully eccentric family, and reflections on Indian culture.

    Shoba recounts her childhood in South India, a portrait of small-town life richly populated by characters like the flower woman who brings jasmine for the gods, the milkman who names his cows after his wives, and the iron-man who picks up red-hot coals with his bare hands. Food is so important to her family that when Shoba wins a scholarship to study in America, they only agree to let her go if she prepares a successful banquet. She returns home to an arranged marriage - to her surprise, the family have chosen well - and later there are visits from her many relatives, old and new, to her home in New York City.

    In MONSOON DIARY, Shoba Narayan's culinary talent is matched by stories as varied as Indian spices - at times pungent, mellow, piquant and sweet. Her characters, like Shoba herself, have a thing or two to say about cooking and about life.

SHOBA NARAYAN is a food and travel writer and has written for a variety of press including Travel & Leisure, Newsweek, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Shoba won the James Beard Foundation's MFK Fisher Award for her story 'The God of Small Feasts', widely considered the most prestigious food writing award in the United States. She also comments for NPR's Weekend All things Considered. Shoba currently lives in Singapore with her husband and two children.

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