“Two debutant authors put together a cookery book that has won an international award…” – says Economic Times in their Madras Plus supplement about the Gourmand Awards won by Cooking at home with Pedatha. Rinku Gupta writes an article titled ‘The Write Award’.
HERE IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE ARTICLE:
“It was a happy shock!” as Jigyasa Giri pointly puts it, speaking of the fact that her book ‘Cooking at Home with Pedatha’ has won an international award. “We never expected it,” adds Pratibha Jain who co-authored the book.
Shortlisted from around 5000 entries, the duo received information from Eduard Cointreau, the founder of the award in 1995, that they were winners of The Gourmand World Award 2006. “We have won 5 awards, and have been chosen from among 150 competitors from India, under a section called the Gourmand India Award,” Jigyasa tells us.
The duo has won The Best Cookery Book, Best Vegetarian Cookbook, Best Cookbook Photography, design and cover. “We owe it all to out team,” says Jigyasa who reveals that they are all “first timers, so it’s a great shot in the arm of us.”
Jigyasa gives credit to her husband V.V.Giri for encouraging both women to write the book, which essentially comprises of traditional recipes from the kitchens of Subhadra Krishna Rau Parigi, the daughter of his grandfather, former president of India, V.V.Giri.
“Pratibha’s brother, Prabodh, designed it for us, while Kavita Sharma handled layout and Srivatsa Shandilya did the photos. And all of them have won awards for their hardwork! That makes us ecstatic,” she laughs happily.
…The next step is a visit to Beijing in april 2007 where their book will compete among 150 finalists for the Best global cookbook. “It’s absolutely wonderful because right now we have won 5 awards in the India category and its an honour to be among the finalists in global arena as well!” gushes Jigyasa.
So what else is on their agenda? Another cookbook in the making? “Yes, absolutely! We want to write about the traditions of India through cookery like traditional Ayurvedic recipes for instance,” discloses Jigyasa. “And we want to do more tributes as well!”
(As featured in ET Madras Plus, May 3, 2007)