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Cooking at Home with Pedatha (Best Vegetarian Book in the World - Gourmand Winner) Hardcover – May 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pritya (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8190299301
  • ISBN-13: 978-8190299305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My husband was in India for a week and brought back Cooking at home with Pedatha . What a great job you ve done on the book! It s beautifully designed and the glorious pictures really bring the cuisine to life. But the most memorable photos are of Pedatha herself. They capture her persona beautifully. The visual glossary at the end is a great idea. I congratulate you all on a wonderful book. --SUNEETA VASWANI Cookbook Author, USA

Cooking at home with Pedatha is a book that gives the wonderful whiff of everyday cooking in a traditional Telugu household. It is indeed a brave effort by Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain because I know it is not easy to keep things simple which they have done effortlessly. And it is this very subtlety that makes the book special. It brilliantly combines the flavours and textures of local ingredients to stimulate the senses and satiate the palate. --SANJEEV KAPOOR Author & Chef extraordinaire

Pedatha's cookbook of vegetarian Andhra recipes promises to revive a fast-receding world of unhurried and labour-intensive kitchens...If you are one of those who enjoy cooking even though it takes time, you'll find that the final results are worth the grind...The book also reflects the Andhra penchant to convert nearly every conceivable edible item into a pachchadi (chutney). You can take your pick of spinach, brinjal, dosakai, the round yellow cucumber, yellow pumpkin, ginger, coconut, onion and of course, mango and chilli and the famous gongura. Try the karivepaku pachchadi it gets its speckled-green-and-red good looks from green curry leaves...there is a clutch of recipes featuring yoghurt with which you can cool off. Other sections include pappus (dal with greens and vegetables), podis/kaarams (powders meant to be used with rice and ghee, or as accompaniments to various snacks), rice and some sweets. A very useful feature that other cookbooks rarely mention is the order in which ingredients for the tempering have to be used. Good photography, pleasant graphics and pastel design... this book is a welcome accomplishment. --The Hindu Business Line, Friday Jan 27, 2006

About the Author

Jigyasa Giri & Pratibha Jain are authors & publishers at PRITYA where they join hands to create exquisite cookbooks that document culinary traditions of India. Accomplished in their respective fields, they came together to create cookbooks of international acclaim. They have made presentations across the world showcasing their books & demonstrating special aspects of India s culinary traditions.
Jigyasa is also a dancer & teacher at Devaniya, the school of Kathak dance started by her in Chennai. She is married to Pedatha s nephew V.V.Giri & they have two children, Avani & Arnav.
Pratibha holds a Doctorate in Philosophy of Language from the University of Madras. She resides in Chennai with her husband Mahendar Chordia & they have a daughter, Manasvi.
Their second book is Sukham Ayu , an Ayurvedic cookbook which won the Gourmand Award for Best Health & Nutrition Book in the World Second Place. This book has been researched at KARE, an Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat near Pune.

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Customer Reviews

Each recipe a jewel beautifully explained and illustrated.
Sara
If, like me, you crave the warmth and love that can only come from "mom's cooking", then try this book.
Gautam Vangala
The instructions are very clear and easy to follow and the illustrations are very appealing.
Shiva Vishwanathan

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a South Indian Veg. cookbook with clear instructions, well laid out text, images of raw ingredients and finished products, tips on getting things "just so", and suggestions for variations in case you have the urge to try the same dish with other materials? Look no further, because "Cooking with Pedatha" has all these features. The end products are authentic and taste like home cooked food (quite unlike most over spiced and greasy restaurant food) and leave you wanting to try more recipes. You will need to be able to get to an Indian store to get some ingredients but they can be used in multiple recipes and it is worth your time to do so. I hope you enjoy the book as I have since owning it the last month or so.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Subhadra Moorthy on July 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is well organized, concise and not overwhelming - in the past I have stayed away from preparing many traditional South Indian dishes because of their complexity, but they have been organized so well here that I now feel like preparing them!!!

This book has recipes that should be regarded as FAMILY HEIRLOOMS and most of these recipes are several centuries old.

Pedatha actually worked 1st hand with people AT LEAST FOUR GENERATIONS older than the current, using age old methods, plus she has worked in modern kitchens using new technology and I think she is truly the missing link
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Piyush Mishra on September 16, 2009
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Though most of the recipes are not for faint-hearted (quite laborious since they ususally demand every spice be prepared from scratch), they reward well:) I am from India, but not the part where these cuisines are from. So, I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but I still love most of the dishes, expecially the chutneys. I also like the fact that authors were thoughtful enought to include names of common ingredients in 2-3 languages, along with their photos.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sanjay K. Aiyagari on June 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The explanations in this book are wonderful, and the results are amazing! Very clear, well-defined instructions to get the best in Indian vegetarian cooking! The book is divided into sections based on the different types of foods, along with explanations of the various spices used, and sprinkled along the way with the tips from Pedatha, the master chef herself.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P. Natesan on October 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I like Cooking at home with Pedatha for various reasons:
1. It is a collection of recipes with varying difficulty levels, but with made easy steps.
2. It bears a simplistic writing style.
3. It is a collector's item/great gift for Indians and non-Indians alike because of the quality of the pictures, print, and writing.
4. It is an authentic, south Indian, vegetarian cookbook - a rare commodity.
Especially, for those non-Indians that believe that Indian food equals "masala" or spicy, greasy food, I'd strongly recommend this book. It will change your view of Indian food for better.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anand on September 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have purshased a whole lot of books on indian cooking.Most of them try to cover a lot of reciepes resultinng in quantity over quality.

This book covers a limited number of reciepes but coveres the entire range to plan a complete feast.The book makes good uses of the images to convey the ingridents as well as give an idea of the end result. The small tips and trics given on most of the the pages really works wonders.

I have tried most of the reciepes and have got great compliments from people who have tasted them.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Freeda Moraes on October 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Being a South Indian and having lived most of my life in a whole different world far away from home, I yearned for all those special dishes Mom used to cook which remained a distant memory since she passed away. Pedatha's simple recipes brings back the aroma of my Mom's kitchen and rekindles a part of my chilhood.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amy on March 23, 2008
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We bought this cook book shortly after an extended stay in India with family and it is the real deal. The recipes are just like our Autie's. Clear instructions and great pictures. It's just not a beginners book.
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