I was curious to read this book about curry. It's place in certain cultures/societies/countries, etc. It's associations, the history and what it represents (if it represents anything at all).
Instead I got a book of essays that was horribly uneven. It started off well with an anecdote about how his grandmother died while he was visiting and the disconnect he felt since he had only met her once before as a toddler and as a young child had no emotional connection to her. But that is not the story he wants to write and that's not what this book is about.
There are aspects of that introduction that are woven throughout the book but otherwise I found the writing quite ramble-y, jumping from topic to topic and just couldn't hold my attention. Essay collections are always tough but despite my interest in the subject I just wasn't sure what the author was trying to say.
There are interesting bits of information, recipes (not many), the discussions of how those recipes aren't necessarily "codified", how it fits (or not) in terms of cultural identity, etc. But it's also interspersed with seemingly random topics like the author writing under a pseudonym (including why he chose the name and the consequences). While I could understand where he was going (I think) the writing never really took me there or helped me understand where he wanted to go or what he was trying to explore.
Maybe it was me. I don't like essay collections and I'm still somewhat still in another book world after reading a humongous fantasy trilogy (or maybe hexalogy since it was really six books). I had been looking for something very different from that but maybe this wasn't the best choice. Look for it at the library or buy cheap if you're really interested, but I think there are other books that are better.