Award-Winning Indian Cookbook: Emperor’s Table, The Art of Mughal Cuisine by Salma Husain

August 18, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: August 18th-August 24th

India celebrated its Independence Day on August 15th. Learn more about the country’s rich food history with this week’s book special:


Emperor’s Table: The Art of Mughal Cuisine

Written by Salma Husain, Illustrated by Pavan K. Varma
(Hardcover, 2008, 144 pages)
List Price: $27.00, OUR PRICE: $5.95
Emperor's Table

For The Mughals transformed India’s cooking by intermingling Middle Eastern cuisine with Indian spices and ingredients to produce some of the most exquisite Mughlai food.

This book not only traces the history of the Mughal emperors through their fondness for food and contribution to the growth of recipes, but is an engaging read on the role of each ruler’s personal likes and dislikes as well as how this has shaped the course of food habits in India.

Offers a mouth-watering selection of dishes ranging from soups and breads to exotic meat dishes. Showcases the splendor of the Mughal table through full-color miniature paintings. The recipes were selected from the original Persian manuscripts and books. They are easy to follow, but are modified for modern times.

Deepika, our Indian-American intern, says her favorite recipe is for Orange Flavoured Chicken Pulao (click to enlarge: illustration / recipe):
IllustrationRecipe

This book won Gourmand’s 2008 World Cookbook Award for "Best Culinary History."

Writes Time Out Mumbai: "Her study of food from the Mughal era puts recipes second and the people who loved them first." Author Salma Husain, who spent six years on the cookbook, told the magazine, "I didn’t want to do just a collection of recipes. This book shows the journey of Mughal food in India.”

This book is discounted only through August 24th. Purchase it for $5.95 (list price $27.00):

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