Bhagwaan ke Pakwaan by Varud Gupta, Devang Singh

Category: Non-fiction/ Food
Publisher: Penguin Random House India

A unique book exploring the intersection of food and faith across India.

The rice beer bellies of a Christian village in Meghalaya; the practice of feeding departed Zoroastrian souls; a Kolkata-based Jewish community that is in decline; the Tibetan monks who first serve Preta, the hungry ghost; and fifty-six-course feasts of the Jagannath temple – these are the stories in Bhagwaan ke Pakwaan (or, food of the gods), a cookbook-cum-travelogue that explores the connection between food and faith through the communities of India. There are legends and lore, angsty perspectives, tangential anecdotes, a couple of life lessons and a whole lot of food.

The authors: Varud Gupta, Devang Singh