Being a closet historian, I loved writing Menus and Memories because it gave me an opportunity to showcase the origins of the great dishes of Punjab, one of the most complex cuisines in the world. This is not by accident. Punjab has been a crossroad of many cultures throughout history--the Ayurvedic tradition, and the armies of Alexander, the Scythians, the Afghans and Moghuls --all have left distinct threads of flavors and cooking styles. 
   From the village, we get the emphasis on health...
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