Published: June, 2016 in Lightspeed People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction
Genre: science fiction
Setting: a spaceship (or maybe a series of them), in the future
Summary: We follow a family that is emigrating from earth to a new planet via the perspective of the creation of dal for a special meal. We start with the original recipe from earth with lots of spices, and the elements in the recipe are slowly whittled away throughout the generations as times get hard. One member of the family finds a way off the main ship and to a new world, and the recipe slowly improves until it returns to its initial form on the new world.
Final thoughts: It’s a standard story told in a fascinating form. You can see the privations on the ship as the recipe gets more simplified. And then salvation is at hand, and the recipe improves. Many generations pass in the story, since every time a recipe is presented, there is commentary on the changes since the last recipe. Very enjoyable.
Title comes from: the recipe that was at the heart of the story started with a handful of dal
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