From caramel pudding with chocolate ganache, the elegance of the cheese-less eggplant Fritto to the irresistibly easy Irish Soda Bread, this book with its description of various recipes, leaves your mouth watering and dreaming of desserts, soups and salads. Steeped in Indian kitchen poetry, two Indian foodies Ranjini Rao and Ruchira Ramanujam and their Around the World with the Tadka Girls give an introduction to the different but the familiar world of culinary tastes, customs, and traditions.
One can savour their real life happenings be it in New York or Santa Monica, ranging from visits to a school potluck, or a drive down a wine trail in a Midwestern American town. It is an interesting, intimate account as well as a revelation of the taste and kitchen sounds of many countries around the world.
From the backyard barbecues of Istanbul to the floating vegetable markets of Bangkok, Ranjini and Ruchira, who have traversed across Asia, Europe and the Americas, have picked up a motley of aromas, tastes and inspirations for their culinary experiments over the years. This book is nothing but an outpouring of their unique culinary travels and experiments. They have jointly recorded and fine-tuned many a tadka-style soup and salad, pasta and rice, bite and brew after many trials and errors.
Further, they bring a plethora of fresh, imaginative recipes that have been inspired by hundreds of culinary quests and experiments in different cuisines, but all blended with the unique Indian ‘tadka’. One also gets a taste of Indian dishes with a patriotic fervour or a new foreign flavour.
Ranging from breakfast options that borrow flavours from Mexican kitchens and American bed and breakfast spreads, to soups and salads that smack of Polish and tropical tastes, the book, with its beautiful photographs, conveys a world of flavours and unexpected quirky tastes. In fact, the authors’ signature dishes take one on a memorable train journey of yore as also visits to summer fairs, while their desserts including cakes and bakes are inspired by classic French and Mediterranean recipes.
Every recipe in this book is accompanied by real-life stories. The authors share these personal moments, as well as the fruits of their labour, for you to savour and serve to your families which they themselves have been doing for years.
Earlier, with a collection of about 200 recipes, Ranjini and Ruchira went on to publish an e-book which became a bestseller on Amazon within a week of its release.
The book is not only a tribute to the choicest cuisines around the world but is also a storehouse for out of the box ideas for preparing snacks, sides, breakfast and desserts for your family.