Book/Food Club: Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Unaccustomed Earth”

14 Dec

Book/Food Club read Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s second collection of short stories “Unaccustomed Earth“, for our December 11th get-together at Dorothy’s house.


Since Lahiri writes about the lives of several Bengali families who have moved to the United States, I was excited at the prospect of East Indian food, and Dorothy’s feast did not disappoint.

Dorothy lit December’s early darkness with candles and a comforting fire in her wood-burning fireplace. Our host provided us with a variety of beautiful fresh fruits and a sampling of delectable East Indian dishes from Edmonton’s Sagar Restaurant.


The feast: clockwise from left: vegetarian samosas, red grapes, candied peanuts, naan, vegetarian pakoras, tamarind chutney, and mini mandarins.


Kingfisher beer from Bangalore accompanied the feast along with sparkling apple juice and  a Chilean white wine that had been suggested as an excellent accompaniment to East Indian food: Tabali Reserva Viognier.



It was a delightful evening spent in excellent company.

As an aside, when I saw my photographs, I was reminded of the dark, velvety atmosphere of 17th century Dutch still life paintings. Perhaps I will suggest that the Book Food/Club members arrange their food according to art history styles. I’m sure they won’t mind…

Willem Claesz Heda 3

Still Life with Oysters, a Silver Tazza, and Glassware, 1635 by Willem Claesz Heda

Posted by Truly Scrumptious





One Response to “Book/Food Club: Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Unaccustomed Earth””

  1. The Erratic Cook December 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    The photos are very cool. Yummy food too.

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