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 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.