‘Someday, in the distant future, our grandchildren's grandchildren will develop a new equivalent of our classrooms. They will spend many hours in front of boxes with fires glowing within. May they have the wisdom to know the difference between light and knowledge.’ Plato
The difference between light and knowledge, our dying embers of traditional Goan cuisine needs ‘knowledge’ to ignite the spark in today’s generation. With new cuisines being marketed, changing palates, unavailability of local ingredients and long lost recipes, the culinary heritage of our state will leave nothing for our grandchildren let alone their grandchildren. ‘Old’ kitchens always fascinated me, the secrets they hold so I went about visiting homes to understand ‘lifestyles’ of people (before the liberation of Goa 1961). I asked them to share their life in Goa during that period, the homes around their village and the one experience that still remains in their memory.