Devi’s book, Gourmet’s Gateway-A Royal Collection is one of the many
souvenirs which foreign tourists often take back with them after a
trip to Jaipur. The book, which is a collection of recipes by
eminent people, like Thukranis, Begums, singer M.S. Shubhalaxmi,
late Governor Padmaja Naidu, is a foodie’s delight.
Sushma KK, wife of multi-talented
city jeweller Krishna Kumar Agarwal, has now come out with a book
titled "Vegetarian Indian Homestyle Cooking". The book by this
Jaipur lady is unique in more than one way as it has been written
with the spirit "hunger is aroused not only by fragrance but also by
the look of the food."
"In this book every recipe is
presented with a photograph so that we can get a feel of the dish
before it is made.
Dishes are illustrated with close
range photographs so that it is convenient to understand the text
which too have been designed with a view to simplify cooking," says Sushma.
And Sushma’s husband, K.K.
Agarwal has photographed each of these dishes painstakingly. KK
himself is an internationally renowned photographer on cacti and has
developed hybrid variety of water lily at his C-Scheme home in
Jaipur. Agarwal is known for his collec-tion of succulents and some
of them are of record sizes.
This recipe book published by
Macro Designs and priced at Rs 490 is being picked up by people who
are finding it an ideal gift for young brides and brides-to-be. On
second thoughts, why not young grooms as well!
Sushma is not looking at tourists
to pick up her book, but believes those who profess vegetarianism,
should keep this book as a Bible.
"Almost three years ago, Sushma
became interested in writing. She began inno-vations in cuisine and
started writing on them. As photo- graphy is my first love I’ve been
enthusiastic about being creative. During this period many of her
recipes were published in different magazines. Many of them even won
awards. At home, Sushma prepared different delicacies and I made
sure that those were kept photo graphed by me," informs KK.
Both Sushma and KK selected the
dishes keeping in mind everyone’s liking. They have picked up old
and forgot-ton dishes and given them a watering look.
book is a collective effort of the Agarwals and their offsprings
Taru and Shakha.
Probably it is for the
first time a husband and wife team have worked together in
contrasting way to produce a book. While Sushma did the recipes and
the writings, the husband took the authentic photographs of the
sumptuous food. There are ways to make soups, snacks, dishes in
jiffy vegetarian kababs, chats, vegetables, paneer dishes, paranthas,
typical Marwari dishes and even Chinese dishes.
Sushma chose to feature vegetarian dishes only as
not many books on Indian vegetarian dishes have done justice to
Her book is also available in Hindi and she has
tried to describe the ingredients and the methods in the simplest
possible way. The talented couple have coined a phrase Jeene Ke
Liye Nahin, Khane Ke Liye Jeena Hain