In the realm of literature, books have served as a gateway to explore diverse aspects of human existence. One such fervently celebrated domain is that of food and nutrition. Among the many illustrious works in this genre, ‘Khadya o Pusti’ by Gopal Chandra Patnaik and Ghansyam Mahapatra stands out as a remarkable Odia book that delves into the intricacies of food, health, and nourishment. Published in 1995 and 1997, this insightful literary work captures the essence of Odia cuisine, its nutritional value, and its cultural significance.
Khadya o Pusti, meaning ‘Food and Nutrition’ in Odia, is an ode to the rich culinary heritage of the Odisha region. This book seamlessly weaves together the various elements essential to understanding the connection between food, health, and overall well-being. Its authors, Gopal Chandra Patnaik, a well-known nutritionist, and Ghansyam Mahapatra, an esteemed food expert, have meticulously crafted a comprehensive guide that caters to readers of all socio-cultural backgrounds.
Divided into multiple sections, Khadya o Pusti begins by delving into the historical and cultural significance of Odia cuisine. The authors delve into the traditional methods of food preparation, the regional flavors, and the Ayurvedic influence on Odia cooking. They contextualize the importance of balanced meals and the role of food in promoting good health.
The book also provides a wealth of information on the nutritional aspects of various ingredients used in Odia cuisine. From discussing the benefits of local vegetables and grains to highlighting the medicinal properties of herbs and spices, Khadya o Pusti serves as a treasure trove of knowledge for those seeking to adopt a wholesome and nutritious lifestyle.
Further, the authors address various diet-related concerns prevalent in society. They offer guidance on managing specific health conditions and debunk prevalent myths surrounding food and nutrition. Khadya o Pusti also encourages the readers to adopt sustainable practices by promoting local and organic food choices.
Reflecting the authors’ expertise, the book provides an extensive collection of recipes that showcase the diverse flavors of Odia cuisine. From traditional dishes like Dalma and Fish Curry to lesser-known specialties such as Chhenapoda and Chhena Gaja, the authors leave no stone unturned in acquainting readers with the gastronomic delights of the region.
Khadya o Pusti is not just a book; it is an invaluable resource that celebrates the essence of Odia cuisine and its contribution to overall well-being. Published in 1995 and 1997, this literary marvel by Gopal Chandra Patnaik and Ghansyam Mahapatra has left an indelible mark on the world of culinary literature. Whether as a reference for traditional recipes, a nutritional guide, or a cultural compendium, Khadya o Pusti undoubtedly deserves its accolades and remains an indispensable companion for any food enthusiast.
|Khadya o Pusti
|Gopal Chandra Patnaik, Ghansyam Mahapatra
|No Of pages
|1995, 1997 2p.
|Basanti Durga Printers