If you haven’t yet seen my voracious reader page you may not know that I read more books than the average person. (Wasn’t there some study earlier this year that said that the average person read only one book a year? If that’s the case then I’m way ahead of the game!) Not all of the books I read are that great. Some aren’t very well known– I enjoy picking up obscure books that may not necessarily make the top 10 bestseller lists. Serving Crazy with Curry is a book that I stumbled upon while browsing around on the internet. The book looked different than anything I’ve read recently (and the book I finished just before it was a real stinker) and so I decided to put it in my request queue at the library. I delved right into the pages and finished the book earlier this evening.
It’s a chic-lit style book with an interesting twist. The book is based mainly on the fictional character, Devi, a young Indian woman who makes an attempt to end her life. Saved by her mother, she spends the remainder of the book discovering who she is and why she wanted to end her life. During this time she has stopped speaking to anyone and instead begins communicating through food. Devi was never interested in cooking, but during such a rough time she begins spending all of her free time cooking up adventurous dishes for her family.
The book is well-written and the characters are so real that I have a hard time believing that I won’t run into them one day walking down the street. It’s the special touches like the letters and recipes inside of the book that make it such a gem. I sincerely hope that if you decide to read the book that you enjoy it as much as I have. The author, Amulya Malladi, has written other books that I’m convinced I’m going to love. They are definitely going onto my “to read” list. I’ll have to save them for the special times when I need to feel comforted. These books are to the soul what Mom’s home cookin’ is to the tummy.
What a great way to kickoff this year’s Summer reading program at the library!