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The author has dedicated her book to her Peggy maami and Raja Maamu
your Mom’s amazing Sunday mutton curry or Grandma’s awesome chocolate cake.
Every family has special recipes that give that instant feeling of nostalgia. When
I was growing up, it was dinner with the family every night of the week. A lot
happened at that dinner table! When I first heard of ‘The Sood Family Cook Book’,
I wasn’t really sure about the idea of it. The theme of this book is eating
together as a family. Initially I thought the author was trying too hard, but Aparna
Jain has taken the pain to archive generations of kitchen secrets and create
her own recipe book, not many of us would do that…right?!
I would say hats off
to Aparna for making such an effort. (And before you ask me how come a Jain
wrote the Sood Family Cook Book?.....Aparna is Sood from her maternal side). When
it comes to the recipes, they are well-written (with little stories about each
family member), fairly simple, and approachable. And the recipes are anything
The tongue in a twist 'Kim' (for those who donit know, kim is a lemon )
There are all sorts or interesting and unique ingredient
combinations and that’s what I like about this book. Interestingly the recipes
range the gamut from the more unusual ones from the kangra Valley of Himachal
Gudumba, khatta to the familiar ones like Comforting Apple Crumble
drumstick sambar.Only thing I felt the book is missing are pictures, that
said the illustrations are great and give a comfort home feel.
loved the way Collins (the publisher) and Aparna Jain introduced
the book…over a delicious Cook Book Sampler Sunday Brunch at their farm house
with each of the members having actually cooked their own recipe.
This was a
great insight to actually sample the various generations of the family (read
aunts and uncles to their nieces and nephews and the newer generations
favourites too) cooking ‘real’ food. By real, I mean recipes used by them at
home whether they were preparing an appetizer for a party, fixing Tuesday
night’s dinner or baking a cake for a birthday.
in all, it was an enjoyable afternoon and I would recommend the book as I feel the
contribution of community cookbooks is not to be overlooked in our country’s rich
The Sood Family Cookbook is priced at INR 899
First published in India in 2013 by Collins
(An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers India)
Book will be available in the market by 25th December
Aparna Jain has a post graduate degree in hospitality, moved on to technology
and worked in the internet, tech and telecom space for ten years before moving
on to Media. As marketing head for Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, she was immersed
in the life style space. She then joined Tehelka and was part of the core team
that launched THINK.Currently she runs her own marketing and consulting and
Integral –based coaching practice called Zebraa works.