Plant-Based India: Nourishing Recipes Rooted in Tradition

The Experiment. Aug. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781615198535. $30. COOKING
Striking photography is the leading hallmark of this first cookbook from a physician, artist, and plant-based-eating advocate Shukla. A combination of lovely food layouts and color-coordinated chapters guide readers into the pages. Before delving into the recipes, Shukla highlights the benefits of a vegan diet and includes a chart to help cooks obtain proper nutrients. An additional chart describing the Indian pantry with flavor profiles, names, and helpful photos will be handy when visiting Indian markets. Blending a variety of inspirations but firmly rooted in Indian cuisine, recipes are unique and delicious. Brief introductions present the many regions and styles of Indian cooking and also offer a personal narrative that details how Shukla developed the dishes. From chutneys to desserts, all types of Indian dishes are covered as he stresses both uncomplicated and flavorful recipes.
VERDICT Whether readers are looking to introduce plant-based cooking or Indian cuisine into their life, this cookbook will not disappoint with its sensible and alluring design, its practical recipes, and Shukla’s personal touch.
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