Jaspreet Singh's tale of a former military chef who returns to Kashmir to cook a wedding meal for a general's daughter—and make peace with his past—is the the most mesmerizing novel I've read this spring (it also has the loveliest cover).
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December 12: "As the final bars of the British national anthem echoed around the arena, the Union flag was lowered."
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.
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