Nazneen Sheikh has lived among the kings and queens of Mughal food—in fact, they're family. Through tales of her Kashmiri relatives and the wonderful meals they have shared together, she brings alive the food-mad history and enduring culture of the Mughal people. Pink tea served in a samovar by her grandmother, a gift of wild black mushrooms from her matinee-idol uncle, her aunt Khush's secret recipe for Kashmiri hareesa—the sight, smell and taste of these and other delicacies infuse Nazneen's memories of her childhood. From entertaining Pakistani cabinet ministers to feasting to end Ramadan and picnicking in the countryside, Tea and Pomegranates is a culinary delight. In ten chapters, each accompanied by a rare and delicious Mughal recipe, Nazneen invites us to enjoy a banquet that starts at the break of day and ends at night. As captivating as a novel, this unique memoir takes the reader on a fascinating journey into a culture that never fails to celebrate the rich possibilities of food, life and love. ACP Cookbook Award - Literary Food Writing Category: Finalist 2006
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Nazneen Sheikh has written several books of adult and young-adult fiction, including Ice Bangles, Chopin People, Heartbreak High, and Camels Can Make You Homesick and Other Stories. Born in Kashmir, Sheikh was educated in both Pakistan and Texas and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Kinnaird College, University of Punjab. She lives in Toronto.Review:
"...gives readers a privileged seat at the continuous feast of a loving family in a corner of the old world." --Byron Ayanoglu, author of Crete on the Half Shell
"Tea and Pomegranatesis a delightful offering of romance and history, celebrating culture and memory through the medium of food." --M.G. Vassanji
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