Non Recipe : Cook books that I treasure

I have mentioned these before that most of the recipes in my blog are passed on to me by my amma. But there is a couple of cookbooks that I treasure and every now and then I do refer them. I recently read that “No two cooks can cook the same dish in a same way”, which is a true statement. Even though my mom taught me to cook, her Vathal Kuzhambu and mine will have 6 differences for sure. Basically in this blog you will find all the day-to-day recipes in my style and some new experiments that I tried will full credit to the original recipe source. So coming back to books, here is the list.

Cook and See: The tamil version is Samaithu Paar by Meenakshi ammal. She is one of our favorite (me and my mom) chef and author. Amma follows all her recipes especially the festival food recipes. She couldn’t find the tamizh version so she got this English version and gave it before my wedding.

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Dakshin By Chandra Padmanabhan: After coming to US, I found this book in Folsom library and instantly fell in love with the pictures and recipes. I really liked the tiffin and podi varieties. So wanted to buy my own copy and here it is.

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These two books are gifted by my colleagues for my birthday. I love salads. My friend Tami made me fall in love with salads. Knowing my interest in salads and eggless baking they got me these books.

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Apart from all these my Amma still copies down some recipes from TV shows and every time when I travel or when she comes she will send/bring it along. I don’t know if I will have this much energy to write and pass it on. Besides I don’t know if I will be able to write Tamil as fast as my mom. After my 12th grade I never got a chance to write a lot in Tamil.

Anyways here they are:

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