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List of most popular, top 10 cookbooks showing greatness & variety of Indian food

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Books about food are books about love. Food is equivalent to love. How the spices melt on your tongue to unite with each other to give you happiness. It is a beautiful love story. There are many Indian authors or chefs who have written books based on love stories, oh I mean about food. Sometimes, one cannot differentiate one from the other. There have been several books written about food in India and if you are a reader or a foodie, it is obvious you would love those books. Thank me later. Let’s get into the process of listing down the best books for you all to read about food of course. Here is a list of some books that you might want to go through:

FEASTS AND FASTS: A HISTORY OF FOOD IN INDIA

“Feasts and Fasts: A History of Food in India” by Colleen Taylor Sen is a book that explores the past of Indian food. It includes so many regional cuisines that you will hardly be able to put the book down.

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INDIAN KITCHEN

“Indian Kitchen” by Richa is a good based on vegan recipes. Vegans find it very difficult to maintain a nutritious diet because veganism in itself, as a lifestyle is very expensive and inaccessible. Richa brings it to us in the rawest form.

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VEGETARIAN INDIA

“Vegetarian India” by Madhur Jaffrey is a cookbook which brings to its readers a series of Vegetarian dishes. So many Indians, especially the ones that have shifted from non-vegetarianism to vegetarianism find it very difficult to find dishes that are delicious and Jaffrey is a great help.

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 CHAI, CHAAT AND CHUTNEY

“Chai, Chaat and Chutney” by Chetna Makan is a book that covers Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. It is a street food journey that Makan brings to us in her book.

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DISHOOM: THE FIRST EVER COOKBOOK FROM THE MUCH LOVED INDIAN RESTAURANT

“Dishoom: The First ever Cookbook from the much Loved Indian Restaurant” is a cookbook brought to us by Kavi Thakrar, Naved Nasir and Shamil Thakrar. It is ‘from Bombay with love’.

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THE DAL COOKBOOK

“The Dal Cookbook” by Krishna Dutta is a cookbook that focuses primarily on dal as the title might suggest itself. So, there are healthy and delicious recipes in it that you might want to try.

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MY TWO SOUTHS

“My two Souths: Blending the Flavors of Indian into a Southern Kitchen” is a book be Asha Gomez and Martha Hall Foose. The book was also ‘2017 The Gourmand Awards National Winner: Best Indian Cuisine’.

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THE ESSENTIAL INDIAN INSTANT POT COOKBOOK

“The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: Authentic Flavors and Modern Recipes for your Electric Pressure Cooker” is a book by Archana Mundhe. It is a collection of seventy-five recipes that can easily be made in an electric pressure cooker.

Picture Credits: Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen

MILK AND CARDAMOM

“Milk and Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India” is another book of recipes by Hetal Vasavada. She gives her readers dessert recipes through her book.

Picture Credits: Martha Stewart

GLOW

“Glow: Indian Foods, Recipes and Rituals for Beauty, Inside and Out” by Vasudha Rai covers so much more than a cookbook. It also covers beauty rituals and makes this book a wonderful read.

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  3. Nancy

    July 9, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    all books are good…

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FMCG brands should find a new way to work, say experts

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Big grocery retailers like Amazon and Big Basket are trying to cash on their own private label brands, as customers look for cheaper options due to the advent of economic crisis.

FMCG brands, which used to rely on the traditional modes of selling through their supply chain partners, should now find new trajectories to sell to the consumer. This statement comes as the brand’s usual partners struggle to create demand in the market amid the coronavirus crisis. According to Deepak Shahdadpuri, managing director of investment firm DSG Consumer Partners, food retailers should now follow a direct-to-consumer approach.

Big grocery retailers like Amazon and Big Basket are trying to cash on their own private label brands, as customers look for cheaper options due to the advent of economic crisis. Therefore, new, smaller retailers will have to pave way for themselves to reach out to the customers. “The likes of BigBasket are going full hog on private labels, across categories. This is the perfect time to push for private labels, because again the data tells you that people aren’t buying goods, primarily because of access, which has a very, very big part to play at this stage in the cycle,” said Shahdadpuri, one of the leading consumer-focused investors in the Indian startup ecosystem.

Alerted by this, yogurt brand Epigamia and cold-press juice maker Raw Pressery,  under the DSG Consumer Partner’s portfolio, starting selling the products on their official websites.

“The big online retailers were not being able to service their clients. We don’t want to compete with the likes of Flipkart or Big-Basket, who also sell our products. But at this stage, they themselves have an issue fulfilling orders. No one’s getting upset. If you’re a brand, you must consider it,” Shahdadpuri said.

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Ranveer Brar is helping Street food vendors through his million followers

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The celebrity chef Ranveer Brar has just recently hit 1 million followers on Instagram and is using this opportunity to mark the beginning of his new project.  The project is to help street-food sellers all over the country to restart their business in the post-pandemic world. The project is in association with the National Association of Street Vendors of India or also known as Nasvi.

Brar says that he intends to celebrate both of these milestones by taking up a new cause — one that includes returning to society. To this end, Ranveer will use his global status on social media to raise awareness and funds for these pan-India training modules, some of which he will also conduct directly through Zoom. The intention is to inspire more vendors to come forward for the preparation, on completion of which they are offered a chance for a proper business footing via an FSSAI certificate + a starter kit consisting of an apron, a pair of gloves, a sanitizer and a mask. Brar also wants to enable clients to share self-curated, sanitization kits through # MakingMillionCount.

Brar also wants to encourage patrons to share self-curated sanitization kits with their favourite roadside suppliers through # MakingMillionCount to encourage and inspire them back to work.

Brar, a boy from Lucknow, has a long association with the street food community for which the city is renowned. “You crave street food when you are young. Perhaps far later can you learn to love home-cooking, “he says.” Food on the street is near to my heart because of the legacies, magic and stories we get with every bite. He is partial to Varanasi’s chaat and Kachori, Lucknow’s tundey kababs or even Old Delhi’s famous chole bhature.

By starting this program, he is helping such small vendors to stand up on their own. Many customers are now not interested in visiting these street shops anymore, by providing proper sanitation equipment it will jump-start their business.

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Flipkart introduces voice assistant for grocery shopping

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Flipkart has become the pioneer to blend conversational artificial intelligence that can recognise speech, understand natural language, translate machine, and text to speech for Indian languages. This technology is capable of understanding diverse Indian languages and take the customers through the app while explaining about the product features, usage, etc. 

Walmart-owned Flipkart made a big announcement on Tuesday. It launched a voice assistant on its platform to assist people in their grocery shopping. Launched in the Flipkart’s grocery platform “Supermart,” it will help people in navigating through different products and place orders in multiple languages commencing with Hindi and English. 

Flipkart has become the pioneer to blend conversational artificial intelligence that can recognise speech, understand natural language, translate machine, and text to speech for Indian languages. This technology is capable of understanding diverse Indian languages and take the customers through the app while explaining about the product features, usage, etc. 

Invented by Flipkart’s in-house technology team, this solution can help thousands of customers who are not comfortable with the manual nature of eCommerce websites. 

The new development is currently available to English and Hindi users possessing an android device and Flipkart’s app, however, it will be made available on iOS devices and the website soon. 

Flipkart said it had undertaken a detailed ethnographic study for about five months in multiple towns and cities to gather insights and opportunities that led to the development of the voice assistant for groceries.

“The research brought forward interesting insights from users wanting to do a variety of tasks using voice while seeking easy accessibility of services. Therefore, Flipkart believes its Voice Assistant will elevate the user’s grocery shopping to more personal and natural experience,” it added.

“As a homegrown e-commerce company, Flipkart has been at the forefront of building India-first innovations and video, vernacular and voice have been the key pillars of solving for the adoption of e-commerce in India. While we have seen great adoption for our video and vernacular offerings, the next step in that direction is to solve for the voice capability for e-commerce,” Flipkart Chief Product and Technology Officer Jeyandran Venugopal said.

He further said that the technology team rigorously travelled throughout the country to gain a better understanding of the various contours of building a voice capability and fine-tune it to identify and respond to the different variations in Indian languages.

Believing that groceries have a huge growth potential in the future, Manish Kumar, SVP Grocery and General Merchandise & Furniture at Flipkart said, “Our grocery business has grown phenomenally over the last year, making this the right time for us to introduce the voice assistant capability,

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