Good Reads: The Mistress of Spices: A Novel and a Movie

There are three wonderful things we all surely must know about spices.

– Number One: Spices make dining really enjoyable.

– Number Two: Spices help you to develop a healthy respect and appreciation not just for various cuisines but for different cultures.

– Number Three: The third wonderful thing about spices is learning about their fascinating history. A highly valued commodity that nations fought wars over.

But there’s something else you might like to know about spices.

According to Tilo, the Mistress of Spices:

“Each spice has a special day to it. For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.”

But what about the other days?

If you want to know the answer, you’ll have to read the book or watch the movie. :)

“Mythical and mystical, Mistress of Spices is reminiscent of fables and fairy tales.”

~ Booklist

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author who has been fortunate enough to have her book adapted to film. Whether you read the novel or watch the movie starring well-know Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, you are likely to come away with a much greater appreciation the wonders of spices.

The Mistress of Spices: A Novel

The Mistress of Spices (Movie)

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  1. Sara0129

    The movie sounds interesting. Will watch it.

  2. Gypzeerose

    I think the premise of this book: where each day has special meaning based on spices is fascinating. And I love Bollywood based literature. Thanks for introducing us to the Mistress of Spices!

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