“A Culinary Wonder with Vegetarian Recipes” – Indian Express

by Pritya Books on January 20, 2006

Our vegetarian cookbook on traditional andhra recipes has been reviewed in The New Indian Express in an article titled “Timeless Tribute.”

A culinary wonder with vegetarian recipes says The Indian Express


Age is no barrier for anything and no effort a waste. Anything done with hundred percent interest is always acknowledged. The saying has come true for Pedatha, an 85-year-old culinary genius. Her passion for cooking is the inspiration behind the book – Cooking at home with Pedatha – a culinary wonder with vegetarian recipes from a traditional Andhra kitchen.

Subhadra Rau Parigi, fondly called Pedatha (short for peddha Atthayya, which means father’s sister in Telugu) is the eldest offspring of India’s former President, Bharat Ratna Dr.VV Giri.

Subhadra’s dishes were much sought after by friends and relatives, her cooking has remain unchanged in the face of changing times, retaining the traditional flavours.

For people who have an appetite for Andhra food, Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain have taken the initiative to capture this culinary legacy for posterity. Rendered in stunning aesthetics, this book is a tribute to Pedatha and her generation.

The book features recipes with pictures on every page, interesting variations in many recipes, special tips by Pedatha throughout the cookbook, step-by-step guidelines in tempering and cooking and a simple transliteration scheme for pronounciation of Telugu terms.

Kathak dancer, choreographer and teacher Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain, writer and translator have compiled this unique effort to offer Andhra cuisine to different regions not aware of the rich tradition.

(As featured in The new Indian Express- City Express)

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