Friday, Feb 7 @ 7 pm
Nantucket Atheneum Library, Great Hall
(508) 228-1110 * www.nantucketatheneum.org
FREE AdmissionThe Asma Khan episode of CHEF’S TABLE
tells a fascinating life story, punctuated by mesmerizing cooking sequences and sweeping shots of rural India. When chef and restaurateur Asma Khan was born in Kolkata, the second daughter to a royal Indian family, her parents lamented. “It’s a patriarchal society,” she says. “ The second daughter arrives at a time when the household is hoping that they will finally get a boy, their heir.” This problem extends far beyond royalty, however; as Khan explains, “there is a deafening silence on this issue in India”.
The majority of the all-female team working at her Soho-based restaurants – the Darjeeling Express and the newly opened Calcutta Canteen – are second daughters. None of them are professionally trained chefs, but they are all excellent home cooks, having learnt their craft by observing their mothers creating traditional fare in the kitchen growing up. “It’s not something you would normally be able to eat in London,” Khan states. “It’s the food that you would only get if you knew an Indian family who cooked well.”
The restaurants support the Second Daughters’ Fund, founded by Khan to commemorate the births of these girls in India by delivering packages to their families.