Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen offers a single
memorable asset - traditional Indian culinary ideas fused with a
charming international flair. This book is a beautiful quilt of “what
is” and “what can be”, each piece distinctly different from the
other. Some ideas are presented with subtle variations whilst others
are presented with a dramatic twist.
The most interesting aspect of this book, sure to make it a
favored culinary companion, are the unique personal reflections
of the author, Komali Nunna. Venturing far beyond sumptuous
recipes, she provides insights into the fascinating world that
is India; the people, languages, festivals, rituals, historical and
geographical influences on the regional cuisines are all eloquently
presented. The robust diversity of the different states of India are
beautifully captured in every recipe, complete with the special
touches unique to the region. For those familiar with India, it brings a comforting sense of acquaintance and familiarity while
others will find this book an educational experience in the innovative
style of entertaining, preparing and presenting a variety
of foods with a novel trademark touch.
The book touches upon the tiny and often overlooked details
that establish a memorable impact on one’s entertaining style.
There is an easy, relaxed flow of thoughts and ideas that
provide a sense of creative expression to cooking and presentation.
Gorgeous table settings, adorable accessories, unique
serving ware, flower arrangements, fabric choices and unusual
uses for commonly found items all compose the signature style
of the author. Ideas range from warm, cozy fireplace dinners
to elegant formal dining, complete with full course menu
selections for any style and simple practical tips on making any
Her mission is simple; get creative with traditions and enjoy
the unexpected pleasures. Throughout the book, she strives to
explain and hold on to some traditions while making bold attempts
to enrich others. Her zeal for cooking is made apparent
by her eagerness to celebrate and infuse local culture with her
own ideas acquired from a country that has lovingly nurtured
her adventurous creativeness by providing ample opportunity to
experiment, amuse, and savor.
Entertaining from an Ethnic Indian Kitchen is an engaging
book on entertaining, a visual treat that is sure to fire up your
taste buds, and an experience that will encourage you to free
your mind and watch it flower.