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Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts: Recipes and Remembrances of a Vegetarian Legacy Paperback – March 4, 2007
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"Ammini guides you through Kerala's history and heritage, seasonal festivals, and irresistible varieties of precious recipes handed down from one generation to the next". -- My Workshop, March 26, 2007
"Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts is the perfect kind of book to curl up with and experience Kerala cooking at its best." -- Indian Food Rocks, March 14, 2007
"Ramachandran has preserved the originality of her traditional family recipes, and made them accessible to those outside the tradition, without overwhelming the readers". -- Mahanandi, March 19, 2007
"This cookbook do justice to a very unique and sophisticated culinary tradition emerging from what was once considered the spice capital of the world". -- Jugalbandi, April 12, 2007
As experience shows, anything one makes following a recipe from this book is bound to turn out delicious - be it a deceptively simple potato stew or a medley of vegetables in the classic dish, aviyal. -- By Vidya Heble in India SE, Singapore, August 7, 2007
From the Back Cover
-Monica Bhide, Writer and Author of The Spice is Right & Everything Indian Cookbook
"Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts is a labor of love . offering both mouth-watering recipes and a personal account of an ancient matrilineal culture. Highly educational yet approachable, this is a must-have for anyone interested in the food and customs of the Indian subcontinent."
-Suneeta Vaswani, Cooking School Teacher and Author of Easy Indian Cooking
Top Customer Reviews
What a fantastic treatise! Congratulations to the author on a superb job!!
This is not just a cookbook but a review of the transition of a way of living from the past to the present.
There is something fascinating about Kerala. They seem to maintain their traditions for a long time. Some activities (Harvesting the coconuts for example) are the same today as they were in year 1342 as described by Ibn Battuta. I always felt that if we want to go back and live few centuries back, one of the best ways we can do is to go to Kerala and stay in a remote village.
But for many in Kerala, the past few decades have brought the biggest change in their way of living. A society that lived a matrilineal way of life is changing to patriarchical. Joint families of 50 to 100 members living together have disappeared. Individual kingdoms are no more and their special kitchens are gone. Families have become global rather than local.
So we may feel a need to look at the past and review the shift in culture from the past to the present.
This book fulfils such a need. What a "delicious" way to "taste" the past through a cookbook from a person who has experienced the change, first hand. Author has done a magnificent job. Not only has she given us descriptions of festivals throughout the year, family functions, the typical food served at each occasion and their recipes but also the history behind some of the ingredients. What a treat!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Congratulations to the author.
The book focusses on Kerala and the author provides a fascinating background into the culture and customs of that state, immensely helpful to anyone new to its cuisine. I am from the South of India myself and can vouch for the authenticity and reliability of the recipes.
Ammini's voice is reassuring - introducing vegetables like telinga potatoes, ripe and unripe plaintains and breadfruit or teaching the basics of pillowy appams.
I have tried many of the recipes from the book and they are all keepers.
If you are interested in the culinary history of food of kerala, treat yourself to this book!!
And today, I have bought a copy of the book for my sister. And now I have to think of others I can send it to. And I know there shall be many.
Below is the foreword I wrote for the book... that should sum up everything in my words.
In this richly flavored book on the household cooking of Kerala and its many vegetarian marvels, Ammini Ramachandran takes us into a journey that even tour guides driving you through Kerala's many vistas would be unable to share. How fortunate and blessed I feel to be able to introduce and perpetuate this brilliance. These are recipes gathered over a long, heartfelt, and celebrated lifetime. That Ammini calls Dallas, Texas, her home should be no surprise; hers is a passion and respect for the native land that only someone living outside of it can have. Lucky for us!
I first met Ammini through online chat forums that I moderated and that she contributed to. Always generous, never one to take credit, she posted meticulous and detailed missives on the magic of her region's culinary traditions. I was smitten at reading her first post. The rest is history. Her works soon became the stuff of midnight yearning. When hungry for good food, and being lazy to cook or eat, I found myself sating my hunger with the aromas that wafted through the computer screen as I read her writing. How exciting it is to finally see her passion in print, enabling us to cook like her, live her history, and celebrate her Kerala.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book, more than a collection of recipes, is a memoir of a way of life. Heart, unassuming dignity, sacred rituals.
The recipes are clean and just right. Read more
This is a comprehensive, well written book that includes an interesting narrative as well as beautiful visuals of excellent recipes.Published on March 22, 2014 by quetzalsss
This book would have been a best selling memoir had it been written by a high end celebrity chef from Food Network but the stories told by this author about her childhood in Kerala... Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Niv Mani
When passion and diligence combine, perfection becomes a natural boon...it is then that great works are created. Read morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Pratibha Jain
I have this book and truly enjoy cooking from it. I read a review of this book on [...]blog. I was impressed that Pratibha had taken the trouble to cook an entire meal from... Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Aditi Mansingh
I've enjoyed this book so much that I signed up and went to her cooking class when it was in my area. The book is detailed and fun to read. Read morePublished on August 28, 2009 by Texas Reader
Very nicely written, lots of historical data connected to the food of the region which was entirely new to me. Enjoyable reading and interesting recipes. Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by C. Brown
This book is worth its price for the introduction alone. The author recounts political history of India's Kerala state through the many waves of European trade and reveals a larger... Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by Nan Lee
Grains, Greens and
Recipes and Remembrances of a
By Ammini Ramachandran
Foreward by Suvir Saran... Read more