Chitrita Banerji

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Chitrita Banerji (born 1947) is an Indian author and translator who has written extensively on Bengali cuisine. In both 1998 and 1999 she received an "additional award" in the Sophie Coe awards for writings on food history.[1]


Banerji grew up in Calcutta (now Kolkata). At the age of 20 she went to Harvard where she did her Masters in English. [2]

Literary career[edit]

In the 80s, she translated several Bengali novels, including Satyajit Ray's Adventures of Feluda and Sunil Gangopadhyay's Arjun.[citation needed]

Bengali Cooking: Seasons and Festivals (1997), was her first book on the food and culture of Bengal. It was followed by Hour of the Goddess: Memories of Women, Food, and Ritual in Bengal (2007),[3] and Eating India (2008).[4][5][6]


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  3. ^ Ray, Arundhati (30 December 2001). "Flavours of a culture". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ Sengoopta, Chandak (7 March 2008). "Eating India, By Chitrita Banerji". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  5. ^ Muthalaly, Shonali (8 April 2008). "Culinary voyage across the country". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Banerji, Chitrita (5 September 2007). "Poor Calcutta". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  • Rajagopalan, Meera (August 1–15, 2007). "Tracing taste". India New England. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  • Majumdar, Anushree (11 February 2008). "Kitchens of India". Express India. Retrieved 2009-06-29.