Tiffin: 500 Authentic Recipes Celebrating India’s Regional Cuisine

Roli Books is pleased to announce that Sonal Ved’s best-selling cookbook, Tiffin: 500 authentic recipes celebrating India’s regional cuisine has been awarded three prestigious awards at the 24th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2019, held in Macao, China.

The book has been conferred with the following from among the 216 participating countries this year:

  • First in “Best Indian Cookbook – Globally”
  • Second in “Best Book of the Year” in all categories
  • Third in “Best Design – Asia”

Founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards recognize excellence in food writing across print, digital and television.

Listed under ‘The 19 best cookbooks of fall 2018’ by The New York Times, the book features Indian recipes by home cooks and distinguished chefs, and celebrates the diversity of Indian regional cuisine.


“From fashion, art, architecture to food – the world is increasingly putting an emphasis on regionality, diversity and the immigrant voice. So, Tiffin was bound to get noticed on this global platform. That aside, Tiffin’s really a legacy cookbook that will be relevant forever,” said author, Sonal Ved.


Kapil Kapoor, Director at Roli Books, remarked, “Extremely proud that Tiffin has won 3 awards at the prestigious Gourmand Cook Book awards this year. This award is unique because it focuses only on the culinary world. We have been sending our entries to them for over a decade and have seen them grow from a small niche operation to a truly global one. This year they had entries from 216 countries and short listed 2,00 books across categories. The fact that Tiffin was ranked 2nd in the ‘Best Book of the Year’ in all categories is truly remarkable. We had set out to publish the most comprehensive and representative cookbook across all regions/states of India – and so glad that it has received tremendous commercial success and now the awards are the icing on the cake.”.


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 editor 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 country’s best culinary studios. 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.


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