(Culinary Jottings for Madras) Read about this book in an article, this weekend, I downloaded and skimmed the book as I found the intent of the book fêted, a treatise in thirty chapters on reformed cookery for Anglo-Indian travellers. Exceptional books have been written on the political and cultural commentary of the English settlers on Indian turf, theorists from both fronts. I wanted a book in lay effort of the mundane privations recorded by a civilian, though Wyvern is military, in good faith on his transitional challenges. I found this book intriguing in its solicitous title on fusion food with Indian stock and Continental tastes, the foremost challenge for these settlers used to vinegars, jams, jellies, candied peel, oatmeal, olive, caper now exposed to bombay onions and sorrel and murghee. Published in 1878, the book denotes micro-history: historical method that takes as its object of study the interactions of individuals and small groups with the goal of isolating ideas, beliefs, practices, and actions that would otherwise remain unknown by means of more conventional historical strategies. Colonel Wyvern (real name Arthur Robert Kenney-Herbert) along with this cook Ramasamy explored jauntily the culinary science of substituting, mixing and reformulating the energetic tastes of India with English nostalgia. The book is witty in places, as a systemic guide to the settlers unbeknownst of Indian vegetation: the first half on wares and the second half on recipes. The book is not colonial literature but a culinary workbook of a hearty colonel and his ally to discover the gastronomic improvisation. Wyvern also wrote a culinary column for a newspaper in Madras. On his return to England, Wyvern, having documented the gadgetry and recipes by then, established a cookery school specializing in Indian and English cuisine introducing his patrons to the blended flavors perfected during his abroad posting. Today English porridge and Indian pongal can be cooked tiered in a modern-built pressure cooker. The book is a fascinating account of Wyvern's juggle between his homeland and workland in a makeshift combat.