- There are 240 pages in the book.
- There are approximately 110 recipes in the book. 93 of them are vegetarian recipes.
- The book is an ode to fast (except 3-4 recipes), fresh, easy and exciting recipes often with a fun twist! Drawing inspiration from my childhood in India and the bustling foodie scene of inner-city Australian life, the book has food you would find at your local cafe, fair, market or food truck.
- There are 5 chapters - Cafe Culture, Urban Lunchbox, Green Kingdom, Supper Club and Treat Factory.
- There are photographs for each and every recipe (including dips and chutnies that accompany the main recipe). There are life style photographs from my daily life and adventures.
- There are lots of drips, crumbs, drizzles and textures. Food is messy, just the way I like it.
- You will find an abundance of some of my favourite ingredients in this cookbook - coconut, quinoa, chickpeas, mushrooms, kale, zucchini, cashew nuts, beetroot, almonds, spinach, eggplant and mango.
- Coconut Bircher Muesli, Carrot Cake Muffins, Kulfi Milk, Eggplant Lasagna Steaks, Kale Soup With Grilled Cheese, Brown Rice Biryani Salad, Quinoa Spice Croquettes, Sweet Potato And Pepita Burgers, Tofu And Cashew Curry, Burnt Butter Caramel Slice, Coconut Froyo and Gingerbread Tiramisu are just some of the delicious recipes you can whip up in about 30 minutes.
To read more about the book, go to the Tasty Express cookbook page. There are links to buy it in Australia and New Zealand, contact details for book publicity and collaborations, release dates. In the coming weeks, I will be putting up links and dates for book events and tours. Also keep an eye out for fabulous book (and a few other awesome things!) giveaways.
It is very hard for me to ever admit or say that I am proud of something I have done. I am my worst critic and often find it very hard to pat myself on the back even when I (maybe) truly deserve it. That is why I have Nick (and my family and friends) I suppose. But after having spent more than a month with my advance copy of the cookbook that arrived early in the new year, I am beginning to feel a sense of accomplishment. The reality of what I have done and what is now happening, is starting to sink in. This morning when I unwrapped the books from the boxes and just sat there alone on the floor in the sanctity of my home with the rain beating on the window, I felt an amazing moment of peace and clarity and an incredible surge of pride. I think I am ready to admit that I am proud of my handiwork (very humbly, mind you.) and what I have put into this book. I love it very much and have written and created it to the best of my ability. Hopefully, you will love the recipes as much as I do. Hopefully, you will stop at each page to touch something visually tactile. Hopefully, you will read my little stories and anecdotes and celebrate food, life, love and family. Hopefully, the book will inspire you to cook something or take a picture or day dream as you curl up with it at night. Because with this book, I put a piece of me in your hands.
I had an amazing team to work with. I absolutely loved art directing the book. In fact I loved getting my hands into the design so much, that I created and designed a little 32 page booklet called "The Art Of Creating A Cookbook" after Tasty Express went to the printers. This little A5 sized booklet has some awesome behind-the-scenes goodness going on. In this booklet, I talk about the entire process of writing the cookbook, right from conceptualising to brainstorming the name, research, creating styling elements, prop sourcing, photography, fun facts and heaps of never before seen photographs of the cookbook photo shoot along with gorgeous shots of the dishes that never made it to print. AND to celebrate the launch of the book, I will be giving away a copy of this booklet with each "signed copy" of the book bought from here. There are only 30 copies of the booklet, so now might be a good time to pre-order yours! The cookbook (and the booklet) ships out on April 1st 2014.