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A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan Christine Manfield

A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan Christine Manfield


Christine Manfield is a highly regarded Australian chef, author, food writer, food manufacturer, presenter and teacher. An inveterate traveller, Christine continues to broaden her global food interests, working alongside respected chefs around the world and hosting gastronomic tours to exotic destinations including India, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Bhutan and France.

A Personal Guide to India and Bhutan is the ideal companion book for your culinary travels, and for her cookbook titled Tasting India.

If you are planning to, or are about to, embark on a tour across India and would like to enjoy and pick up some Indian recipes along the way, then A Personal Guide to India and Bhutan is worth procuring. The book is exactly what you would expect: a guide to the culinary world of the different regions of India.

The chapters are set out according these regions, with particular attention paid to essential sights (including things like markets, walks and tours), where to eat, where to sleep, and where to shop. Where to eat gets the most attention obviously!

It gives a whole host of options for each region, particularly in terms of where to eat away from the beaten path. There are also some overall travel tips given at the start of the text that could be very useful for the unaware traveller: food safety, safety for women, tipping, beggars and obtaining a visa are covered in this section.

Sage advice and recommendations are given from someone who has been to and travelled India many times. It is also apparent that Manfield has a deep fondness of, and a significant connection to, India. The addition of the kingdom of Bhutan is an added bonus.

Anyone who has an interest in India and Bhutan or plans on taking a trip there will find A Personal Guide to India and Bhutan satisfying and well worth the read. If you decide to take it with you on your travels, the book is of a size that can easily be held by one hand and could fit snugly in a backpack.

Manfield writes:

"This book is a guide from my first-hand experiences. I have visited and personally recommended every place in this book. I want this book to make you, the reader, aware of India and awaken your desire to visit this incredible country, while fostering a respect for its traditions."

And this, I would say, the book has achieved.


A Personal Guide to India and Bhutan by Christine Manfield is published by Penguin Australia (NSW, Oct 2015, sc, 304pp RRP A$39.99) and is available at good bookstores.

Or search for it online via Booko.com.au »


  • Sydney (NSW)

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