April: Monsoon Diary

Monsoon Diary by Shoba NarayanThis year, we’re reading two books filled with the incredible spices, flavors, and traditions of India. The first is our April selection—Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes by Shoba Narayan. A journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Saveur, and The New York Times, she won a James Beard Award for “The God of Small Feasts,” an article published by Gourmet in 2000. In Monsoon Diary, we’ll read how food is a focal point of life, identity, and culture for Narayan and her family—so much so, she had to successfully cook a feast for her family in India in order to convince them that she should be allowed to go to college in the United States.

Read. Laugh. Feel. Stir your appetite for the alchemy of spices that makes Indian cuisine such a delight for all your senses. Then join us at 6pm on Tuesday, April 12, at The Silver Coin at 3321 Lorna Road in Hoover for a meal and conversation. If you’ve never had Indian food before, don’t shy away: Use this opportunity to have foodie friends guide you through the menu—there’s plenty to explore and savor (even if you like spicy heat dropped down a notch or two).

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