It is said you can eat more varieties of cuisines in India than the rest of the world together! We call India a multi-faceted country because of the variety of colours symbolising cultural differences, food, festivals, languages, costumes and so on. This book introduces you to the different strokes of Indian regional cuisine.
Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, the cuisine varies significantly across regions North, South, East, West, Central and Northeast right from the taste, colour, texture, to the appearance. Each region uses locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits and is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. Each little corner of the country celebrates a specialty of its own.
With all its exotic ingredients, unusual dishes and tongue-tingling flavours, this is the first ever cookbook to feature over 500 authentic regional recipes from all 29 states of India.
Sonal Ved is a food writer at Vogue India. Over the last 10 years, she has written food features for various newspapers and magazines in India including Hindustan Times, DNA, Midday, Times of India, Timeout Mumbai, Upper crust and Verve magazine. When she’s not gee king out on food, she’s developing new recipes in her kitchen or doubling up as a cooking instructor at one of Mumbai’s best culinary studios, Studio Fifteen (by Le 15 Patisserie). Her last cookbook Gujju Goes Gourmet, was India’s first cookbook on a phone. Anshika Varma is a freelance documentary photographer. Her works have been published by various national and international media such as The Sunday Guardian, National Geographic, Time Out, Tehelka, The Rolling Stones, Vogue and People Magazine. She has also worked on various book projects with Vodafone Foundation, Roli Books, Hachette Publishing (India), Random House (India) and the Tehelka Foundation.
She has also exhibited through various galleries in India, Italy and New York. Anshika was invited to participate at the Chennai Photo Festival (2016), Kochi Biennale 2014, New York Biennale for Contemporary Art 2013, India Art Fair 2012 and 2013 and the Florence Biennial in 2009. Her awards include the “Lorenzo Il Magnifico” award for photography at the Florence Biennale in 2009.
She is a strong believer in the power behind inclusive education and has conducted art therapy programmes for children from challenging social and economic strata. Anshika has mentored education workshops for children for the Angkor Photo Festival (2013-Present) and the Delhi Photo Festival (2013-2015). She has been the Photography curator for the Contemporary Arts Week, New Delhi (2014).
Abhilasha Dewan is an animation artist and illustrator with roots in her home-country of India and the majority of her training and experience in Ontario, Canada, where she studied classical animation at Sheridan College. Inspired by inventive design as a universal language for sharing stories and through years of working as a freelance artist, Abhilasha applies her creative passion to many media and platforms including short films, illustration and graphic design.