The Bombay Canteen
celebrate the publication of
TIFFIN: 500 AUTHENTIC RECIPES CELEBRATING INDIA’S REGIONAL CUISINE
20 October, 2018: A discussion to celebrate the book, Tiffin: 500 authentic recipes celebrating India’s regional cuisine, published by Roli Books, was hosted at the popular The Bombay Canteen, Mumbai.
The evening was followed by a conversation between Chef Thomas Zacharias, Executive Chef & Partner, The Bombay Canteen; Aditi Dugar, Owner, Masque Restaurant and Sage & Saffron; Chef Anuj Wadhawan, Executive Sous Chef, Roseate House and author Sonal Ved, moderated by food writer, Ankiet Gulabani.
In her welcome address, Priya Kapoor, Editorial Director of Roli Books said, “We are witnessing such an interest in regional cuisines, be it restaurants, people recording family recipes and of course cookbooks – therefore Tiffin could not have come at a better time. Picked by the New York Times as one of the best cookbooks to be published in 2018, Tiffin includes recipes from each sate of the country – from family favourites to forgotten treasures. I am extremely proud of our cookery list but Tiffin has surpassed our expectations in how well it has been received both critically and commercially”.
“Preserving Indian cuisine is important, especially for chefs and cookbooks whose food is exposed to such a large audience. We need to popularise these techniques and these lesser-known cuisines before they get lost”, said author Sonal Ved in conversation with Ankiet Gulabani.
The book was recently listed under ‘The Best cookbooks of Fall 2018’ by The New York Times.
About the Book
From Patiala Papad ki Sabzi to Kerala Chicken Fry and from the sumptuous Mizo Dal to Bajre ka Soyta, Indian regional cuisine offers an incredible variety. A country that has a vast coastline and hosts six major climatic subtypes, it is no wonder it is home to cuisines that use ingredients that are local and seasonal. With over 500 recipes representing all the regions, ethnic groups, cultural choices and traditions that make up the country, Tiffin showcases food that is a flavourful blend of favourite Indian recipes (of course, there is Butter Chicken and Samosa) along with several lesser-known dishes. Also featuring recipes by home chefs, celebrated chefs, and dishes specially made at festivals and special occasions, this is a celebration of the diversity of Indian regional cuisine.
‘Indian regional cuisine is here to stay. The more we can do to spread the word and share the cuisine, the better world cuisine will get. Tiffin is a book that is just scratching the surface… it’s a treasure trove of recipes and memories that mean a lot to a billion people!’
~ Chef Floyd Cardoz
About the Author, Photographer and Illustrator
Sonal Ved is a food writer at Vogue India. Over the last 10 years, she has written food features for various newspapers and magazines in India including Hindustan Times, DNA, Midday, Times of India, TimeOut Mumbai, Uppercrust and Verve magazine. When she’s not geeking out on food, she’s developing new recipes in her kitchen, or doubling up as a cooking instructor at one of Mumbai’s best culinary studios, Studio Fifteen (by Le 15 Patisserie). Her last cookbook Gujju Goes Gourmet, was India’s first cookbook on a phone.
Anshika Varma is a freelance documentary photographer. Her works have been published by various national and international media such as The Sunday Guardian, National Geographic, Time Out, Tehelka, The Rolling Stones, Vogue and People Magazine. She has also worked on various book projects with Vodafone Foundation, Roli Books, Hachette Publishing (India), Random House (India) and the Tehelka Foundation.
She has also exhibited through various galleries in India, Italy and New York. Anshika was invited to participate at the Chennai Photo Festival (2016), Kochi Biennale 2014, New York Biennale for Contemporary Art 2013, India Art Fair 2012 & 2013 and the Florence Biennial in 2009. Her awards include the “Lorenzo Il Magnifico” award for photography at the Florence Biennale in 2009.
She is a strong believer in the power behind inclusive education and has conducted art therapy programmes for children from challenging social and economic strata. Anshika has mentored education workshops for children for the Angkor Photo Festival (2013–Present) and the Delhi Photo Festival (2013–2015). She has been the Photography curator for the Contemporary Arts Week, New Delhi (2014).
Abhilasha Dewan is an animation artist and illustrator with roots in her home-country of India and the majority of her training and experience in Ontario, Canada, where she studied classical animation at Sheridan College.
Inspired by inventive design as a universal language for sharing stories and through years of working as a freelance artist, Abhilasha applies her creative passion to many media and platforms including short films, illustration, and graphic design.