An afternoon of conversation and food with Niloufer Ichaporia King, anthropologist and award-winning author of My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking

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Join SACHI in an afternoon of conversation and food with Niloufer Ichaporia King, anthropologist and award-winning author of My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking.

Sunday, May 3, 4:00-7:00 pm
Home of Zarine & Neville Batliwalla
70 Tobin Clark Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010

In the relaxed setting of a private house on a Sunday afternoon, fellow Bombay-ite and SACHI friend, Kamini Ramani, chats with Niloufer about the historical and cultural background of Parsi cuisine and the stories behind her engaging book. Before we eat, drink and resume conversation, Niloufer will introduce the dishes to be served and talk about their role in both Bombay’s gleefully ecumenical food scene and the Parsi kitchen.

Anthropologist, scholar, teacher and cook, Niloufer Ichaporia King studies tropical cuisines, plants for food and medicine, and food as an expression of both cultural change and stability. Born in Bombay, now Mumbai, Niloufer King has lived in the Bay Area for over thirty years. In the course of studying Design and Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, she developed an exhibition, Sons of Vishvakarma: The Artisans of India for the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology. She also compiled two collections which included rapidly disappearing ethnographic material from Hong Kong and from her own Parsi community.

My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking (University of California Press, 2007) chronicles the food of one Parsi family spanning three generations and two continents.

Kamini Ramani is a once-and-forever Bombayite who has sampled Parsi treats at the homes of her legendary professors at Elphinstone College. She is delighted to help SACHI provide Bay Area food enthusiasts a peek into a unique woman and a unique cuisine.

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