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Here are 9 Indian cookbook authors that will give you serious motivation and tons of recipes to cook from!
We all love food, but sometimes cooking can be a task of its own. Finding the right recipe and the right ingredients can sometimes be a tough job. Which can get even tougher if you are an amateur cook.
But worry not, because if there are problems then there are saviours too. In the world of cooking these saviours are called food bloggers. Food blogging has become very common nowadays and it has opened up many possibilities for food writers.
While blogs are indeed an easy way to access the recipes they can be troublesome too. With so many recipes, links, varied content they can be distracting for people searching for some specific recipes. Books, on the other hand, are more precise and some food bloggers to easy up our work and lessen our trouble have launched their own cookbooks.
Here I present to you 9 of my favourite food bloggers turned Indian cookbook authors.
Trained as a medical doctor with a specialisation in nutrition Nandita Iyer started her food blog Saffron Tail in 2016. She is famous for giving out easy and quick vegetarian recipes. Currently living in Bangalore she often organises many workshops to educate people about healthy eating. Through her blog, she not only shares her recipes but also gives tips on healthy living. Her work has appeared in Men’s Health, Mint, BBC Good Food, Femina, DNA and other media platforms.
Her book The Everyday Healthy Vegetarian launched in 2018 is a collection of simple fuss-free vegetarian recipes using everyday ingredients from the Indian kitchen. The book guides the readers to prepare the new and innovative vegetarian food with the same old vegetables. This Indian cookbook author through her book has also tried to promote nutrition by sharing recipes that act as a wholesome diet for a healthy mind and body.
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Software developer turned food blogger Richa Hingle is a passionate photographer, award-winning recipe developer and author of the blog Vegan Richa. Through her blogs, she shares how to cook vegan food easily. Richa has been featured on Oprah.com, Huffington Post, Glamour, Babble, VegNews.com, TheKitchn, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, and many more. Apart from cooking, she is also a foster parent for dog rescue.
Richa has two books – Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen and Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen. Her first book is a collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisine, Indian culture and local foods. Her second book is all about exploring the international world with respect to vegan food. The books have been #1 best sellers on Amazon and received a lot of acclaim.
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Ruchira and Ranjini describe themselves as “two Indian foodies steeped in kitchen poetry”. Their blog Tadkapasta is a unique representation of flavours that are there all around the globe. They believe that “food is a great unifier” and their blog is “reflective of that sentiment” Apart from sharing recipes they also organise workshops in Bangalore.
These Indian cookbook authors have published three books. Bookworm and Jellybellies, Around the World with Tadka Girls and their e-book Mango Masala. Their most famous book Bookworm and Jellybellies has fun recipes inspired from children books. It has over 50 inspired recipes packed with quirky introductions, simple recipe instructions, fun trivia and beautiful colour photographs that bring the featured dishes to life.
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Kankana Saxena is the founder of popular blog Playful Cooking. Her blog has been featured on many media websites. Easy effortless cooking with fresh ingredients is her mantra. Her recipes are all about nutrition with a little bit of indulgence here and there. Apart from that she is also a self-trained photographer and hence accompanies her recipes with mouth-watering looking photos. She loves to play with flavour, fuse different cuisines occasionally and have fun while cooking.
Her book Taste of Eastern India is a collection of recipes fundamental to the Bengali community. Taste of Eastern India has an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, street foods, snacks, drinks, comfort hearty food, desserts and some long-lost dishes. None of the dishes in the book are difficult to prepare. Some recipes also have a modern touch. The book transports you to the busy streets of Kolkata and the flavours of authentic Bengali food.
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Born and brought up in Kolkata Malika is Indian cook, food writer and Indian cookbook author. She runs a blog called Mallika Basu where she shares authentic tradition Indian curries. She has been featured on Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation TV comeback programme and Jamie Oliver’s online cookery channel FoodTube.
She is the author of two books Masala: Indian Cooking for Modern Living and Miss Masala: Real Indian Cooking for Busy Living. The former is the book where she shares those recipes, techniques and shortcuts so you too can cook wholesome, real Indian food simply.
Saee in 2008 started a blog My Jhola where she narrated stories of her life. In 2018 after having become a writer and a culinary consultant she started writing in her blog SaeeKhandekar. She lives in Mumbai and an author of two books. Her recipes have been published in many media platforms. She also runs Scrollific Content Studio, a content and consultancy firm dedicated to the Food and Hospitality industry.
She is the author of 4 books. Her book Crumbs was her first commissioned cookbook released in 2016. The book deals to the specific questions revolving around bread making in the Indian context. Since its release, Crumbs! has been reprinted more than once.
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Sandeepa runs a blog called The Bong Mom. She loves to eat and to make food dreams into reality, and that’s what her blog is all about. Her blog is a humble collection of Bengali recipes and the food she cooks representing Bengali Cuisine.
Her book Bong Mom’s Cookbook is based on her blog. The book is filled with traditional and modern recipes. It provides readers with quick and easy recipes that can be made with easily available ingredients.
Maunika Gowardhan is a chef and a food writer by profession. She loves travelling through India and collects authentic vintage recipes that expressly represent the wide and varied regions of the country. Her blog has traditional to new recipes all at one place.
The answers to Indian food are there in Maunika’s book Indian Kitchen. Her book has four categories Hungry- includes recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients for when you’re starving and short of time. Lazy-contains recipes for when you want something a bit slower, a bit comforting, but still straightforward. Indulgent – when you have the luxury of time and want to put some real love into a meal at the weekend. Celebratory- when you have friends coming over.
These are my favourite Indian cookbook authors. Mention yours in the comment section bellow. Keep on cooking!!
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Thank you so much for this compilation. It’s great to see women doing so well commercially in this field which was always considered as home-pitch for women! Kudos!
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