Spirits in the Spice Jar by Sarina Kamini- Analysis

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

Spirits in the Spice Jar by Sarina Kamini- Analysis

“Recipes are easily stored in an exiled person’s heart.”

Spirits in the Spice Jar by Sarina Kamini- Analysis

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 levels. On one level it is a recipe book. On another level, it is contemporary fiction. On the third level, it is a parenting book. On the fourth level, it is non-fiction, a memoir. On a different level, it is a historical book as well giving a glimpse of the history of Ganju Brahmins.

“The blurb doesn’t give the feeling that it is a non-fiction book.”

Spices and emotions 

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 its 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 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.

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