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.
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
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.
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.