Chitrita Banerji grew up in Kolkata and came to the United States as a graduate student. She received her Master's Degree in English from Harvard University. She worked for several years as an editor, journalist, and translator in the UK and in India. From 1992 to 2000 she was the Publications Director of the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston and edited the magazine, Conservation Matters.
In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla she talks about her several books.
She is the author of several books on the food and culture of her native India, including Life and Food in Bengal (republished as Bengali Cooking: Seasons & Festivals), The Hour of the Goddess (republished as Feeding the Gods), Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices and Land of Milk Honey: Travels in the History of Indian Food
Her articles have been published in many magazines and journals, including the New York Times, Gourmet, Gastronomica, and Granta. She has also presented papers at the Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery where she twice won a Sophie Coe Award in Food and History, in 1998 and 1999. Her articles have been reprinted in several anthologies in the US and the UK, including Best American Travel Writing--2006.
In October 2009, she was invited by the Jewish Museum in Berlin to speak on Food and Hinduism at the opening of the museum's special exhibition titled: "Koscher & Co.---On Food and Religion.