Spirits in the Spice Jar by Sarina Kamini- Analysis

A mother who is exuberant, who connected the family members, a mother who is stylish, energetic and everyoung, when she is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the axle of Sarina's world was broken and it toppled.

"Recipes are easily stored in an exiled person's heart."

A memoir of the famous food writer, food editor and food critic about how she redefined her life with the help of spices is an endearing read. The book is enchanting at different level. On one level it is a recipe book. On another level it is a contemporary fiction. On third level it is a parenting book. On the forth level, it is a non-fiction, a memoir. On a different level it is a historical book as well by giving a glimpse of the history of Ganju Brahmins.

"The blurb doesn't give the feeling that it is a non-fiction book."
The author has connected the different spices to the instances of her life. How turmeric, salt, cinnamon, garam masala and other Indian spices are intertwined with her life is impeccable. The entry of the spices in her memoir is like adding salt to a dish so that it's taste is enhanced.

"I know cumin because it tastes of the love that raised me."

The book had a niche target audience. Not everyone would be able to find it as engaging since if you are not much of a of Indian food and cooking in general you would find it lagging but the painful backstory makes up for it. But if you are looking for an easy fun read, the book is not for you.

On a personal front I couldn't have enough of it for I loved it

Thanks Westland Books for the review copy.

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