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Book Review – Food of the Grand Trunk Road

By Anirudh Arora and Hardeep Singh Kohli

Food of the Grand Trunk Road is a fascinating combination of travel and cookery book. The road in question was built in the 16th century by Emperor Sher Shah Suri to connect Agra with his hometown of Sasaram. The route now covers some 2500km from Calcutta to Afghanistan.

Hardeep, an author, radio and tv presenter, takes the reader along the Grand Trunk Road from a foody lover’s perspective whilst painting a tantalising and fascinating glimpse of the cities, rural life, traditions and people.

Combined with Hardeep’s stories of his journey, Anirudh has added long forgotten recipes of rural India that he has so painstakingly researched over the years, some of which feature on the menu at the Moti Mahal restaurant in Covent Garden where he is Head Chef. The recipes have all been adapted for home use.

Congratulations to Karen Thomas for her photography which makes you long to reach out for the spice jars and try the recipes and to Oliver Sinclair for his superb location photography. A book with the wow-factor.

Food of the Grand Trunk Road, Anirudh Arora and Hardeep Singh Kohli, published by New Holland. ISBN 978 1 84773 9681. £19.99

Moti Mahal restaurant, 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA. Tel 020 7240 9329.

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