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Good enough to eat

books Updated: Jun 10, 2013 15:40 IST
Manjula Narayan
Manjula Narayan
Hindustan Times
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Diva Green; A vegetarian cookbook
Ritu Dalmia Hachette
Rs. 699 PP 224

After each experiment with vegetarianism fuelled by guilt about the factory farming of animals, you’ve gone back to being a reluctant carnivore, mostly because of the lack of fulfilling vegetarian options. Really, how much paneer can you eat? Then along comes Ritu Dalmia’s new vegetarian cookbook that includes recipes of carrot and orange arancine and scrumber, among many unusual others, and you are almost convinced about giving a green diet another try. Beautifully produced with mouthwatering photographs — they actually make you hungry — chatty reminiscences about Dalmia’s childhood, her family (“My mother is a terrible cook; my Chanda Mausi, on the other hand, is brilliant.”), friends (“I first met Anna in The Bookshop in Khan Market.”), food trivia (“Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad”) and travels (“The best felafel I had in my life was at a small cafe at a petrol pump between Tel Aviv and Haifa.”), this cookbook will galvanize even the laziest cook into action.

Indeed, the kitchen is exactly where you’re heading right now.