'Tiffin', derived from 'tiffing', a historical British term for small meals or snacks to accompany a drink, is a staple meal in most Indian households. A popular television chef on the local Arlington cable network, Rukmini Srinivas, or 'Rukka', regularly whips up mouth-watering delicious tiffin for her viewers with an €3Se and prowess befitting a seasoned epicure.
In this delightful memoir-cum-cookbook, Rukka shares the memories and recipes of delectable food that she has cooked and eaten over many decades. Having travelled extensively-from Poona, Madras and Delhi to Berkeley, Stanford and Boston-she realized, at a very young age, the indispensability of authentic home-cooked food. She records here her emotional and deeply personal bond with food-from Chitappa's masala vadai and Appa's vegetable cutlet to bondas on Marina Beach, Narayana's bajji and Amrna's Mysore pak. Alongside, she shares stories from her childhood in British Poona, of making vegetable cutlets with a Victorian meat grinder, college days in the Madras of a newly independent India, cooking for author R.K. Narayan and her travels around the world with her husband, the renowned social anthropologist, M.N. Srinivas.
Like the traditional metal tiffin box, which has found its way into modern food, Rukka's pure-vegetarian recipes are an interesting amalgamation of old-school cooking techniques, with innovative twists. Including anecdotes and over a hundred easy-to- follow delicious recipes accompanied by evocative photographs, Tiffin is a richly satisfying feast for all those who believe in food, family and friendship.
About the Author
Sukhamani Srinivas is a television chef, storyteller, gardener, entrepreneur, teacher, author and connoisseur of good food. Trained in human geography, she taught at Queen Mary's College, Chennai, and later, at Delhi University. She currently divides her time between Bangalore and Boston, where her daughters reside. She enjoys teaching about Indian food, bringing her vast knowledge of vegetarian cuisine to a whole new generation of food lovers.
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