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Following Fish

Following Fish

One Man's Journey into the Food and Culture of the Indian Coast

Samanth Subramanian

Thomas Dunne Books


In India's long and diverse coastline, fish inhabit the heart of many aspects of life: food of course, and also culture, commerce, sports, history, and society. Journeying along the edges of the peninsula, Samanth Subramanian delivers a kaleidoscope of extraordinary stories.

Following Fish conducts rich, journalistic investigations of the use of fish to treat asthmatics in Hyderabad; of the preparation and the process of eating West Bengal's prized hilsa; of the ancient art of building fishing boats in Gujarat; of the fiery cuisine and the singular spirit of Kerala's toddy shops; of the food and the lives of Mumbai's first peoples; of the history of an old Catholic fishing community in Tamil Nadu; and of the hunt for the world's fastest fish near Goa; and of many others.

Pulsating with pleasure, adventure, and discovery, Following Fish reveals a series of unknown Indias in a book as intriguing as the country itself.

Praise for Following Fish

Praise for Following Fish

"A travelogue by an Indian journalist about the many roles of fish within his nation's culture...An enjoyable exploration of the coastline of India, with a focus on fish."

"This memorable travelogue should entice anyone remotely interested in the culture and food ways of coastal India. This is a superb guide to a rapidly changing region of South Asia."
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for This Divided Island

There is only one word to describe this book: it's a masterpiece, a Book of the Year, even possibly the decade. —India Today

Pick up This Divided Island, it'll be one of the best books you'll pick up this year. —The Asian Age

To integrate these interviews into a broader historical narrative as seamlessly as Subramanian has done is a rare event. —Scroll

Like Philip Gourevitch's account of the genocide in Rwanda, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families, this is a superbly reported book. —Business Standard

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