MY INDIAN KITCHEN
Preparing Delicious Indian Meals Without Fear or Fuss By Hari Nayak
Cookbook Debuts August 10 in Bookstores Nationwide
North Clarendon, Vt. (July 26, 2011)—Hari Nayak’s MY INDIAN KITCHEN (August 10, 2011: $27.95) is a collection of recipes for easy and delicious Indian food that unlocks the magic behind the cuisine. Called “a tasty straight-forward guide to regional Indian cooking,” by Padma Lakshmi, author, actress, model and host of Emmy® Award winning show Top Chef, the book contains authentic yet simple recipes that use local ingredients and are designed for those with busy lifestyles.
Growing up in a rural town in southwest India near the sea, the author, restaurateur and chef shares the secrets of his family’s own style of southern Indian cooking that includes meats and seafood one doesn’t usually associate with Indian food. The chef also includes the usual favorites such as his famous melt-in-your-mouth Café Spice Chicken Tikka Masala found at Whole Foods hot bars nationwide.
From Shrimp Bruschetta with an Indian twist to Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salad to Crispy Masala Fish Fingers, Nayak provides simple tips such as quickly dry-roasting spices in a skillet before grinding them to a powder or a paste to release the oils and awaken the flavors, adding a wonderful aroma to any dish. The cookbook also spices up summer barbecues with a fresh take on grilling as well as lemonade (Indian Lemonade).
“As a youngster I was immersed in the traditional Indian cooking techniques I saw in my grandmother and mother’s kitchens, then was trained professionally at the Culinary Institute of America in a myriad of global cuisines,” said Nayak. “My style mixes the two and adds influences from my time living and cooking in America to bring what I believe is a creative approach to Indian cuisine.”
Nayak’s latest has gained the attention of his fellow chefs. Sanjeev Kapoor, chef, author and TV host, said: “My Indian Kitchen is the best way for an ambitious home cook to express his true love for Indian cooking. This book is filled with dishes and delicacies that are a feast for both the eyes and the palate. Make room for My Indian Kitchen on your bookshelf!”
- more - More information on My Indian Kitchen can be found at http://www.myindiankitchen.com/. To purchase the book, visit http://www.myindiankitchen.com/buy-the-book.
About the Author
Hari Nayak is part of the creative new generation of chefs from Asia. As a young boy, watching his grandmother grind fresh spices in the traditional stone mortar and hearing the splutter of curry leaves being thrown into hot oil, he knew that being around food was what he wanted to do, always. Nayak is known for his simple approach to food, staying true to the core Indian values of the dishes he creates. His inspiration apart from his village upbringing lies in an ability to absorb influences from other cultures and cuisines that he has experienced in traveling the globe. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Nayak has worked in the food industry for the past 15 years—including stints at renowned New York restaurants like Aquavit and Daniel. He now runs his own consultancy business called Gourmet Gurus. He has also provided culinary and consulting services to various organizations such as Sodexo USA, ifoodTV, Whole Foods and several restaurants. He pioneered America’s first ice cream patisserie, Halo Fete, in Princeton, NJ. His first cookbook, Modern Indian Cooking, was named "best of the season" for 2007 by the Los Angeles Times. For more information, go to www.harinayak.com.