Last year, chef Vikas Khanna launched his 1,200-page cookbook, Utsav, which features dishes prepared during different festivals in India, amid great fanfare. At that time, the 44-year-old had said that he would love to gift this book, which took him more than 12 years to complete, to several prominent world leaders.
While he got a chance to present it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, he also gifted the same to His Holiness the Dalai Lama a few months ago. Now, the chef has presented his book to US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton.
“This book represents India, and shows its diversity and rich culture to the world. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have immense love for India. It is a matter of pride for a simple cook like me to get an opportunity to present my book to them. I felt nice when Hillary Clinton asked everyone around her to stop talking, as she wanted to read what’s in the book,” says Vikas, adding, “It was great to meet the US President. I thanked him for giving me this opportunity, so that I could bring my country to his.”