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The Turmeric Trail: Indian Food as a Window to Culture

Date: 02/05/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $80


This two-session short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Spices have played a significant role in world history. Wars have been fought over them, fortunes have been made and lost speculating on them, and many a great dish made—or ruined—by their use. With a diversity of climates throughout the continent, India has cultivated and used an extensive variety of spices for centuries. Traders traveled the spice route to India, lured by the lucrative spices from its four distinct regions. Carefully blended into food and beverages, these spices contributed to one of the world's most distinctive cuisines. Join the Twin Cities' leading authority on Indian food to gain a deeper understanding of Indian culture by studying the role spices have played in shaping this country's 6,000 years of flavorful history.

Instructor Raghavan Iyer is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, and culinary educator. Born in Bombay, he earned degrees in chemistry from Bombay University and hotel and restaurant management from Michigan State University. He is the author of several acclaimed books including The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood (St. Martin's Press, 2002), which was a finalist for the 2003 James Beard Award. In 2004, he won the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals Award of Excellence. Most recently he created Turmeric Trail, a signature collection of roast spice blends.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/azw

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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