Ammu: Indian Home Cooking To Nourish Your Soul

Interlink. Apr. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781623718411. $35. COOKING
Paying homage to Khan’s Calcutta childhood, this cookbook takes readers on the personal food journey of the chef and restaurateur known for her London restaurant Darjeeling Express and her profile on the documentary series Chef’s Table. The muted design and photography will make readers feel as if they are paging through a scrapbook of recipes and reminiscences, as Khan reflects on food and family. The cookbook includes a diverse collection of vegetarian, meat, and seafood recipes that include a variety of preparations, from curries to grills. Sprinkled among the broader Indian recipes are Bengali specialties, often with twists (like Khan’s coconut ladoo). The book’s unique organization, based on life events, adds charm, but readers will need to use the index to find specific recipes. Khan’s enchanting memories and stories make her tasty recipes come to life.
VERDICT Fans of Khan will enjoy this glimpse at her culinary inspiration and will feel the loving embrace that food symbolized during her childhood. The cookbook also serves as a great introduction to Indian cuisine and to Khan, as to cook from this book is to know her.
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