by Rohan Candappa - £9.99 Ebury Press (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780091897796 | ISBN 10: 0091897793
Part memoir of growing up Asian in 70s South London, part travel-history and part an exotic meditation on the importance of food, Picklehead is a book like no other. When it's not making you laugh, it's making you think or making you hungry. And sometimes its doing all three at once...
Inspired by a revelatory encounter with a jar of korma sauce in aisle seven of Sainsbury's, bestselling humourist Rohan Candappa sets off to discover how a second-generation immigrant like himself ended up eating his own-brand curries. En route he discovers his family's story, a turbulent history that spans the green jungles of Burma, the spice markets of Ceylon, and London in the 50s and 60s. It is an adventure as highly coloured and mouth-watering as it is riveting.
From one of the UK's most successful humour writers comes a funny, moving and insightful journey from the steamy kitches of 70s suburbia to the exotica and drama of his family's past.
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