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Rasa #1

210 x 280 mm, 92 pages
First published 2022
Founder: Stephen Satterfield
Editor-in-chief: Vidya Balachander
Art director: Alexandra Bowman

New from the Whetstone family, Rasa aims to honour the complexity and beauty of South Asian food in all its varieties and traditions.   

Beginning with a piece explaining rasa’s etymology, translating to ‘quintessence’ — ‘the fundamental quality that makes a food—or an emotion—what it is’ the stories in this inaugural issue span the subcontinent. Inside, explore how anchovies became a staple in landlocked Nepal’s cuisine, reminisce over the bittersweet tal fruit (as pictured on the cover) and learn about Matsyamukhi, a Bengali tradition of fish-eating after bereavement.

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