Chilli And Cheese: Food And Society In Bhutan
By Kunzang Choden
Chilli and Cheese: Food and Society in Bhutan is a pioneering book offering insight into Bhutanese food culture within its historical and geographical context, as well as looking at food-related beliefs and practices.
The book discusses the changing socio-cultural meanings of food in Bhutan. Kunzang Choden from her perspective as a privileged member of the gentry in a feudal society in the 1950s, shares her perceptions, observations and experiences. She highlights the importance of food as a socio-economic signifier and shows how food has meaning beyond nourishment particularly, in its symbolic forms in religion and ritual. The author explores regional agricultural and herding practices, the use of wild plants and the resulting food customs and habits.
This informative but also deeply personal book includes simple and easy to follow recipes of some typical dishes. An invitation for readers to try out the taste of Bhutanese foods. Colour and black and white photographs make the narratives come alive with vivid depictions of Bhutanese food and society.
307 pages, 56 pp. illus. in col., 1 map