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Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but it’s one born from childhood memories, which are prone to romantic visions of the past, particularly with memories tied to formative eating experiences. Writer and cookbook author Monica Bhide takes over the Young & Hungry column this week with a story about the butter chicken her father used to make.

The way Bhide describes the process (complete with a recipe for you to recreate at home), it sounds like the best butter chicken in the world. I think at one point, I drooled on my computer keypad. Read the story for yourself and see if you don’t, too.

Or better yet, try the recipe at home and see if Bhide’s a hopeless romantic or merely a culinary historian, meticulously handing down family traditions.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery