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.