Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family
Memoir by Madhushree Ghosh
University of Iowa Press, April 2022
Khabaar is a food memoir and personal narrative that braids the global journeys of South Asian food through immigration, migration, and indenture. Focusing on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, the book questions what it means to belong and what belonging looks like in a new place with foods carried over from the old country. These questions are integral to the Ghosh’s own immigrant journey to America as a daughter of Indian refugees (from what’s now Bangladesh to India during the 1947 Partition of India); as a woman of color in science; as a woman who left an abusive marriage; and as a woman who keeps her parents’ memory alive through her Bengali food. Includes eleven color and three b&w photos in addition to the gorgeous cover photo.