The impressive cookbook includes recipes from 25 different countries made with an Indian influence and flair. Each country’s dishes are matched with an incredibly inventive cocktail as well. For example, the section featuring Ireland makes the country’s soda bread unique by adding anardana powder and candied Indian gooseberries. The accompanying cocktail transforms a Guinness Stout into a complex beverage featuring kokum, an Indian fruit that functions to gently sour many Indian specialties.
Interesting notes are made in each section that include history and trivia about each country’s cuisine as well as the individual recipes and ingredients themselves. All are accompanied by exquisite photography of each dish and cocktail. Many of the recipes may seem a bit daunting to the average home cook simply based on the exotic ingredients, but the chef and her co-author, Doug Singer note that components are easily found in Indian groceries as well as online (and they helpfully include links). Interesting local notes: friend of Bites and City Paper food writer Nicki Pendleton Wood edited the book, which was published by Favorite Recipes Press, an imprint of Nashville-based Southwestern Publishing Group.
In addition to the pop-up dinner book signing event, Maneet will be signing copies at Whole Foods in Green Hills Wednesday, April 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Also, if you’re intrigued by this book (and you should be), note that Beth is hosting a giveaway of the book on her blog. But hurry; the contest closes at 11 p.m. Tuesday. Luckily, chances of winning are really good right now. You don’t want to miss the chance to win this amazing cookbook.